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Without Sweet Brior, 

I doubt sincerely that 

I would have hod the 

opportunity to travel, 

and I certainly would not 

have had the courage. 

Scholarships granted by 

generous olumnae urged 

me to take a risk, leave 

the continent, and open 

my heart and mind to 

discovery. That year gave 

me great confidence in 

myself and my education 

and allowed me to 

overcome some of my 

greatest fears. 

The spring and summer of 2007 brought many transitions to the Boxwood Alumnae 
House. With gratitude, sadness, and good wishes for the future, we have weathered 
the retirements of Sandra Maddox AH "59, Assistant to the Alumnae Director, and 
Nancy Godwin Baldwin "57, Editor of the Alumnae Magazine. 1 joined the Alumnae 
Office just in time to work alongside Nancy as her assistant, to learn from her 
impeccable editing skill, and to understand more about the institution of Sweet Briar 
from her perspective of its history and legacy. Still feeling a little as if I've just stepped off the 
podium at commencement, 1 know it will be a challenge at the veiy least to fill Nancy's shoes, 
but I hope you enjoy the magazine just the same as 1 begin the task of gathering, editing, and 
recording our campus news for you. 

Sweet Briar has been for me a place full of opportunity available nowhere else. As a 
student, I spent three years on campus and one year abroad at the University of St. Andrews 
that challenged me academically and influenced the way 1 live today. Without Sweet Briar, I 
doubt sincerely that I would have had the opportunity to travel, and I certainly would not have 
had the courage. Scholarships granted by generous alumnae urged me to take a risk, leave the 
continent, and open my heart and mind to discovery. That year gave me great confidence in 
myself and my education and allowed me to overcome some of my greatest fears. 

1 know that many of you have had similar experiences abroad through a Sweet Briar 
program and that is w hat this issue is all about. As the Sweet Briar Junior Year in France 
program nears its 60th anniversary, we have used this issue to celebrate the \alue of those 
years. You will read stories from those transformed by the enchanting city streets of Paris 
and classes at the institutions in Paris and Tours. Other programs, such as Junior Year in 
Spain, ha\'e also given students from Sweet Briar and other colleges the chance to challenge 
themselves by living abroad. These programs are a testimony to SBC's community and 
international outreach. 

Finally, I would like to offer a special thanks to all those w ho have given their thought, 
creati\ ity, and time to this issue of the magazine. It was my pleasure to work with such a 
w illing, enthusiastic, and accomplished group of contributors. 


Colleen KaraHa Murray '06 in Citta della Pieve, Italy 

Sweel Briar College 

Ranked High in the 2008 

Princeton Review! 

Read the SBC Ahtmniw e -Newsletter for thejiill 

Out ol 366 Colleges Sweel Briar was named: 

■ No. 1 AAosi Beauliiul College 

■ No. 5 Best Career/Job Placement Services 

■ No. 8 Professors AAake Themselves Available 

■ No. 1 Professors Get Higli AAorks 

■ No. 1 3 Class Discussions Encouraged 


One of the objectives of the magazine is to 
present interesting, ifiought-provoking moteriai. 
Publication of material does not indicote 
endorsement of the outhor's viewpoint by the 
mogozine, the Alomnae Association, or Sweet 
Briar College. The Sweel Briar Alumnoe 
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necessary, revise all material thai it accepts for 
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Louise Swiecki Zingaro '80 

Executive Director of Alumnoe Affoirs; 

Managing Editor, Alumnae Mogozine 
Melisso Coffey '98 

Associate Director; Tour Coordinator; 

Advisory Councils 
Melissa Gentry Witherow '80 

Associole Director; 

Homecoming Coordrnotor; Advisory 

Colleen Koraffo Murray '06 

Assistant Director; 

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AssistonI Director; 

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Assistant Director; 

Reunion Progrom; AAR Program 
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Assistant to the Executive Director 

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Celebrating International Programs 


2 Sweet Briar Promise: Helping Students Become Port of a Global Community 

New Recruiter for Admissions Encourages tfie Study Abroad Experience 

Sweet Briar Girls on tfie Go! 

Sweet Briar Riders in Africa 

Junior Year in Spain 

SBC JYF will Celebrate 60 Years in Paris 
8 From the Paris Office, 34 rue de Fieurus 

8 Sixty Years in France 

9 SBC JYF 1952-53 

9 A Trip to France in 1 935 

10 JYF of tfie '50s 
12 SBC JYF 1959-60 
1 2 Memories of SBC JYF 1 960-6 1 
1 3 Learning to See 

14 SBC JYF 1973-74 

15 SBC JYF 1988-89 

1 5 JYF Memories 1 995-96 

16 A Lesson from Paris, SBC JYF 1996-97 

16 JYF 2003-04 

1 7 St. Andrews, 1 962-63 

1 8 2006-07 Academic Year at St. Andrews University, Scotland 

1 8 Joining tfie Peace Corps at 73 

19 International Student Fulfils Dreams at Sweet Briar 

20 Con Trade Save the Wild Tiger? 
20 Holly Wilmeth '00: The World through Her Lens 
22 Sweet Briar's 98th Commencement: May 12, 2007 
26 Reunion Scropbook 2007 

30 2007 Outstanding Alumna Award to Nancy Godwin Baldwin '57 

32 Nancy Baldwin Accepts the 2007 Outstanding Alumna Award 

34 Transitions 

35 A Record Setting Celebration! 

36 Bulletin Board 

37 Recent Deaths 

37 In Memoriam 

38 Class Notes 

INSIDE BACK COVER: "In the Sweet Briar Tradition" 





Sweel Briar College Alumnoe Magazine • 

Fall 2007 • 1 





Early in the film, An American 
in Fans, Gene Kelly's character 
is showing his paintings along a 
sidewalk in Montmartre when a 
young woman stops and critiques his 
work. As she walks away, he refers to 
her as one of those "Third-year girls." 
In 1951, that would have meant a 
Sweet Briar Junior Year in France 
student. I have always wished he had 
said that instead, although for the 
sake of verisimiUtude, her comments 
should have been more insightful. 

In recent years, colleges and universities throughout 
the United States have jumped on the bandwagon of 
international education. This new trend has been a 
hallmark of Sweet Briar's educational philosophy for well 
over half a century. Although we truly are the venerable 
standard bearer, we are far from complacent. In addition 
to our long-standing programs in Paris, Seville, Urbino, 
Heidelberg, and St. Andrews, Sweet Briar students in recent 
years have participated in over sixty different programs that 
literally stretch around the globe from AustraUa to Zambia. 
While students from the very best colleges in the nation, 
including our own, continue to enroll for an academic year 
in our Junior Year programs in Paris and Seville, a growing 
number of them spend a single semester abroad, or they 
combine successive semesters in two different countries. 
Summer programs and short-term experiences are also 
growing in popularity We recently initiated summer 
programs in Seville and Paris to provide students with a 
first-rate option in the summer. 

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Our students have also benefited from internships 
and service experiences abroad ranging in the past few 
months alone from working in the Sarkozy administration 
in France, to improving the infrastructure in a rural 
Guatemalan school, to teaching in Germany 

In 1951, the advantages of studying abroad were 
primarily to strengthen one's language skills and to learn 
about another culture by participating in it. In 2007, these 
remain true, but a new critical component is to gain a 
clearer understanding of the global community and to see 
our place in it from a different vantage point. 

The six Sweet Briar Promises (Advising Teams, 
Independent Research, Potential for Self-Designed Majors, 
Internships and Work Experience, Leadership Program, 
and Study Abroad) are all intended to help students 
become independent leaders in a world community The 
Study Abroad component is the College's guarantee that 
every academically eligible student who wishes to study 
abroad will have that opportunity 

International education, which has long been part of ^ 
the history of Sweet Briar, has now become an important 
part of the future of our nation and the world. As our 
centennial banners stated: "Sweet Briar College, Always 
Ahead of Our Time." We are proud to have our students 
studying and working throughout the world. This is often 
made possible through the generosity of alumnae and 
friends of the college whose support of scholarship funds 
allows deserving students to have Ufe-changing educational 
experiences abroad. With their continued support, we 
remain committed to assuring that our students have the 
first-hand experiences they need to truly appreciate their 
distinctive role in our contemporary global culture. 

Sweet Brior College Alumnae Mogozine • 

New Recruiter for Admissions 
Encourages the Study Abroad Experience 


Assist;iiii Diicclor of 
Admissions, Specuil Program 
Rc'cruiier is my title at Swct't 
Hn.ii". it's .1 braiul new position 
ami if your cychrows rose at 
tlie sight K^^ it. >'ou can imagine 
thai 1 frequently need to explain 
my role and responsibilities, 
rills position was ereateJ in 
the summer ot'200(i as the 
need at Sweet Briar arose for 
someone to attend the majority 
of slud> abroad fairs in other 
slates and be a representati\e 
of our programs. Sweet Briar 
has well-know n study abroad 
programs in Paris, France and 
Seville, Spain that I hope many 
of you took ad\antage of as 
students. If you did study abroad 
in one of those two locations, 
you had the opportunity to meet 
students from different colleges 
and uni\ersities tra\eling with 
SBC. These students made the 
choice to come on our programs 
because of the excellent quality 
of our experience and the well- 
known reputation we have 
worked hard to establish. I focus 
on continuing to recruit and 
attract these students from other 

In my position as a recruiter. 
I love meeting students who are 
ecstatic to go abroad. It's a time 
of many firsts for them — a first 
passport, a first overnight plane 

ride, a first lime immersed in a 
foreign language. I can't help but 
share in their excitement because 
I know fidiii iii\ own experiences 
where this ad\enture will lead 
them. My own study abroad 
in Seville came just at the 
right time in my intellectual 
development. I felt like 
I had conquered college 
and was ready for a new 
challenge. Living and studying 
in an immersion environment 
gave me that test. I encountered 
strange and exotic things, such 
as the ham hock and colorful 
African fruits in my schora's 
pantry. Despite differences, I 
soon found that life in Spain 
was much to my liking, and I 
easily adapted to the traditional 
schedule of Andalusia, which 
included returning home to eat 
almucrzo with the family, the 
delightful siesta, and social 
outings that started at 11:30 p.m. 
It was difficult to return to the 
States, especially to a J-term 
education internship in cold, 
snowy Rhode Island, but I knew 
adventure was just a plane ride 

I lived abroad in Japan for 
two years after graduation and 
had the opportunity to travel 
in Southeast Asia. Afterward, 
I returned to the USA to teach 
middle and then elementary 

school Spanish. I kwed sharing 
firsihand experiences with my 
students and seeing their faces 
light up at the idea of a life 
beyond the familiar. They always 
had plenty of questions: What 
did I cat there? What did kids 
do? How did I call home? They 
loved the idea that they could 
study abroad while in college — 
particularly that it wouldn't come 
with an outrageous price tag. 
They declared that they couldn't 
wait to get there. Maybe I will see 
them someday at a study abroad 
fair, but until that day arrives, 
I have the opportunity to speak 
to hundreds of students each 
fall about possibilities waiting 
for them overseas. I educate 
them about the benefits of Sweet 
Briar's programs, our reputation 
for excellence, and our directors' 
careful management of all aspects 
of their experience abroad. 

Our prospective 
undergraduates cherish the 
distinct connections they make 
with their counselors. After all, 
didn't we all choose Sweet Briar 
because we relished that personal 
attention? Why shouldn't it be 
the same for students from other 
institutions joining us for a 
semester or year overseas? Last 
fall, I saw 496 students at 15 
different colleges' study abroad 
fairs. After every fair. I mailed 
each student a handw ritten 
postcard thanking them for their 
interest and encouraging them 
to contact me w ith questions. 
Our prospective study abroad 
participants received notice 
immediately that the Sweet 
Briar programs would give them 
indi\ idualized assistance to 
maximize their time in Europe. 
On the final rosters, I was happy 
to see numerous familiar names. 
I knew that my conversations 
w ith some of these students 
influenced their choice. Se\eral 
of them have since shared 
with me that thev lo\ed their 

experiences with us and were 
so happy to have learned of 
the opportunities we offered. 
At the fairs, I was also able to 
speak with many underclassmen 
who are not yet eligible for our 
programs, but who expressed a 
strong desire to join us when the 
time comes. 

Our programs demand a high 
level of student achievement. 
Students must have at least a 
3.0 GPA in both their language 
and general studies. They are 
required to have taken at least 
one language class beyond the 
intermediate level. They must 
be prepared to live with a host 
family and study w ith nati\e 
students directly at the university. 
Today, there are a plethora of 
study abroad choices for students 
and many ha\e done away w ith 
the language immersion aspect. 
My position allows Sweet 
Briar to make more individual 
connections with the best and the 
brightest to maintain our high 
academic standards. 

Eseryone in\'ol\ed in study 
abroad has a story like mine, 
a story that revolves around 
the life-altering experiences 
brought about by time out of the 
country. We are passionate about 
continuing that tradition through 
offering programs that are the 
best in their field. 

Sweel Briar College Alumnoe Magozine • 

Fall 2007 • 3 

Sweet Briar Girls on the Go! 


As Director of International 
Studies. I am in ciiarge of 
many aspects of International 
Learning on campus. My da_\' 
is divided between helping 
international students adjust 
to life in the United States and 
helping U.S. students find the 
right study abroad program(s) 
for them. Often. 1 work w ith 
degree-seeking international 
students who also study abroad 

•- — ■ -i- from Sweet Briar. 

This summer, the Sweet Briar 
International Studies Office set a record 
with 48 students traveling abroad on 21 
different programs. Six of these were SBC- 
managed programs and included new programs in 
France. Guatemala. Botswana/South Africa, and 
Germany. In total, from fall 2006 through summer 
2007, 75 students studied abroad in the following 
countries: Australia, Italy. Costa Rica. Ireland, 
Czech Republic, New Zealand, United Kingdom, 
France, Germany, China. South Africa, Thailand. 
Brazil, Guatemala, Greece, Turkey, Bulgaria, 
Ecuador. Chile. Peru. Nicaragua, Mexico, Panama. 
Netherlands, Russia, and Botswana. We anticipate 
40 students will study abroad during the 2007-2008 
academic year and many more the following 

The riding program in Botswana/South Africa, 
the education internship in Germany, and the 
Engineering project in Guatemala were each 
accompanied by a faculty member who had not led 
groups to the destination country prior to the trip. 
This involved a lot of e.xtra planning for the faculty 
leaders and my office. Together, we established 
emergency plans and put new safety procedures 
into place. We had wilderness experts and country 
experts join the groups and bought accident and 
sickness policies for everyone. We were ready for 
any emergency that came our way thanks to the 
collaboration of all those involved. 

Each student plans her study 
abroad experience very carefully. 
Most begin their journey as 
prospective students when they visit 
the College and attend admissions 
events where programs are 
discussed. As early as their junior 
year in high school, students learn 
that if they come to SBC, the entire 
world is open to them. 

The benefits of studying abroad 
are numerous. Caroline Chappell 
'09 said of her experience in Latin 
America this summer: "It has onlv 

been a little over a week and [the trip] has already 
exceeded all of my expectations. It truly is the 
opportunity of a lifetime that I will have forever 
in my heart. 1 feel as though I ha\e already begun 
to grow as a person through meeting other people 
from different walks of life and circumstances." 
Caroline's mother Wendy Weiler "71 also studied 
abroad w hen she was a student at SBC. 

Laura Gandy '08 writes: "Within this past year I 
climbed the great wall of China, explored Emperor 
Qin Shihuang's tomb, witnessed the operations of 
a textile factory in Shanghai, went scuba diving 
in the Great Barrier Reef and sampled vegemite, 
was interviewed on Danish national television 
about the President's State of the Union speech, 
shadowed a Polish physician, held a human heart 
and human brain in my hands, saw the Berlin Wall, 
and bonded with elderly patients in a nursing home 
suffering from dementia who did not speak a word 
of English. I wouldn't have been able to do any of 
these things without Sweet Briar's International 
Study Abroad scholarships. With the help of the 
Acuff and Davenport scholarships, 1 was able to do 
an internship in Australia in fall of 2006 and study 
both Medical Practice and Policy and China Studies 
in Denmark during spring of 2007." 

We do our best to meet financial needs regardless 
of the program. Last year the International Studies 
Advisory Committee awarded approximately 
$30,000 in study abroad scholarships with a 
minimum award of $1,000 and a maximum award 
of $5,000. Many more dollars were awarded by 
financial aid for study on Sweet Briar-managed 
programs. The Mr. and Mrs. A. Marshall Acuff 
International Scholarship Fund and others have 
supported grow ing student numbers and interest in 
study abroad programs. 

I love the work I do at Sweet Briar. I am grateful 
to be here every day, doing what I do best. Between 
caring for the international students who come to 
campus and guiding students in their study abroad 
quest, 1 lead a fulfilling and productive work life. 

Sweet Briar 
Riders in 

Campus Safety Officer Kerry 
Scott, a 1976 Washington and 
Lee graduate, arranged and led 
an African expedition for seven 
members of the Sweet Briar 
community who set out this past 
spring to explore African terrain. 

Kerry's ties to Africa took 
root in 1996 when he traveled to 
sightsee, hunt, ride horses, and 
explore the continent. In 2001, he 
was assigned military duties in 
various African countries. After 
successive trips and assignments, 
certain parts of Botswana and 
Namibia became a second home. 
A retired lieutenant colonel, 
Kerry now owns Narrow Gate 
Tack, Inc. and its equestrian 
travel subsidiary. Narrow Gate 
Trekking. This past May and 
June, Sweet Briar instructor 
of riding John Conyers, Jenny 
Walkiewicz '09. Lauren Stephens 
'09, Erin Peabody "10, Emily 
Wiley '07, Chrissy Serio '07 
and her mother. Louise, went 
on an African riding adventure 
with Narrow Gate. The trip to 
Botsw ana and Cape Town left 
lasting impressions of culture 
and environment w ith those who 

Narrow Gate Trekking is 
affiliated with Limpopo Valley 
Horse Safaris. From May 20-27, 
SBC adventurers camped and 
rode out into the Tuli Game 
Reserve of eastern Botswana. 
While Kerry stayed behind to 
help prepare food, pitch tents, and 
tend to other camp support duties, 
the SBC group and two seasoned 
guides rode through rugged 
terrain on sturdy Boerperds, farm 
horses bred for their composure 
in the African bush. "They are 
the most sure-footed animals 
I've ever seen." said Emily Wiley 
'07. The riders saw impala, eland 
(the largest of the antelope), 
leopards, giraffes, zebras, 
and a 3-day-old rhino with its 
mother. They also saw "a LOT 
of elephants," mentioned Kerry, 

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Riders Christina Serio '07, Erin Peabody '10, and Lauren Stephens '09 
pause in front of a Boab tree in Botswana. 

"and at one point needed to ride 
out of the way of a big female, 
appropriately named Charger." 
In unusuali>' cold weather, the 
horses carried them along the 
parched Limpopo riverbed as 
they looked at Baobab trees and 
"galloped w ith zebras, dodging 
trees, holes, and other natural 
obstacles," shared Emily. 

For Emily, the trip was a 
cultural awakening. Emily 
spoke of "stark differences" 
between American and African 
culture, especially in regard to 
mobility. "Many of the people 
we stayed with for the week 
had never left the 100 mile 
radius surrounding the safari 
area. Their ability to pursue 
higher education or tra\el was 
limited b> their currency and the 
structure of their society." There 
was something magical 
about living without 
TV, internet, and other 
"modern conveniences," as 
Emily found her favorite 
times during the week 
were enjoying company 
and sleeping under the 
stars. Emily was exposed to 

abrupt changes of environment 
and economy within Africa 
as well. The group traveled to 
Cape Town at the end of their 
journey where they experienced 
the big city of South Africa. 
Emily writes that "there was 
a glaring difference between 
South Africa and Botswana, 
which was immediately apparent 
after crossing the border at the 
Limpopo River. In Botswana, 
there was little 'modern 
civilization' anywhere, yet Cape 
Town could have been a coastal 
city in the United States." 

Many of those who went on 
the trip are eager to visit Africa 
again, and Kerry is excited that 
another trip is being planned 
for next year. He hopes that he 
will be able to make this safari 
an established travel experience 
for students and alumnae in the 

Kerry is the son of Sweet 
Briar alumna Virginia June 
Early Holl '5i. 

Junior Year in Spain 


The Sweet Briar College .Umior Near 
in Spain program is aflilialcd with the 
University of Se\ ille in Spain. Since 
its establishment in 1984, 1,557 female 
and male students from more than 120 
accredited U.S. colleges and universities 
have studied in Seville through JYS in 
semester- or year-long stays. 


On departure day, a member of the 
Virginia .lYS team and a student 
assistant meet the students at the JFK airport in New York. The 
student assistant, a recent JYS alum, accompanies the students to 
Spain and stays with them through orientation, serving as a kind of 
"older sibling" with similar life experiences, hopes, and expectations 
who has already lived the adsenture on which the new students will 

Resident Director Macarena Perez-Tinao. her sister and SBC 
coordinator. Blanca Perez-Tinao. and I meet the students at the Madrid 
airport and bring them to a hotel. As an introduction to Spain, the 
group spends two days in Madrid visiting the Prado and Reina Sofia 
Museums and the Palacio Real among other sites before flying to 
Seville, where the students' host families welcome them to their homes. 

Before the semester begins, a mandatory three-week orientation 
prepares the students for the transition into living in Seville and 
studying at the University. Orientation classes take place at our 
student center on San Fernando Street. The students, divided into 
small groups, attend three classes daily: Advanced Spanish Grammar, 
Advanced Conversation, and Spanish History and Culture, all of 
them with a special focus on Andalusia and Seville. Students attend 
informational meetings on practical topics ranging from security 
issues to culture shock, from how to navigate the seemingly difficult 
University building to where to find the best flamenco shows. The 
group also visits sites such as the Cathedral w ith its emblematic 
minaret (Giralda) and the Alcazar in Seville, the Roman city of 
Italica, Carmona, Granada. Jerez (home of sherry), and Cadiz. 

During orientation, the students tend to stay close together, and 
the JYS team is constantly involved in their lives. Things change 
when the semester begins; students enroll in different classes and 
extracurricular activities, feel more confident about the language and 
culture, and learn how to fend for themselves. Often, students \isit the 
university center to check email, work on papers, or just say hi. living 
in the knowledge that our team is there to help. 

During the semester, students may take three types of classes, 
all taught in Spanish: JYS classes, cursos conceriados, and regular 
University classes. JYS classes are designed and taught by JYS 
faculty, open to JYS students only, and held at our student center. 
Cursos concerlados are designed and taught by University of Seville 
faculty, open to all foreign students at the University. Regular 
University classes, usually in the Schools of Philology and of 
Geography and History, offer many courses on Spanish language, 
literature, history, and art. 

In addition to academics, extracurricular acti\ ities keep our 
students active (sports), entertained (choir, flamenco lessons, theater, 
opera, etc.). challenged (via a new University-organized internship 

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Fall 2007 • 5 

program), and socially engaged 
(volunteering with international, 
national, and local NGO's). Most 
students also take advantage 
of holidays to tra\el in Spain, 
Western Europe, and Morocco. 

All students live with host 
families, which is a great way 
for them to become integrated 
into the culture and language. 
Some students are wary at first, 
fearing a loss of independence 
or problems adapting to life 
with strangers, but these fears 
dissipate quickly and. for many 
students, the ties they de\elop 
with their host families are 
the most rewarding aspect 
of their experience. Many of 
our students' (U.S.) families 
come to visit them in Seville 
and get to meet their host 
families. Our students then 
become ambassadors and 
interpreters between the 
two cultures, transmitting 
the knowledge they have 
acquired. This phenomenon, to 
me, is the greatest contribution 
that any study-abroad program 
can make to students" lives and 
to the larger picture of mutual 
human understanding. 


I became the JYS director 
this past January. Before that 
time, my involvement in study 
abroad and JYS, although quite 
significant for my personal life, 
had been only occasional. In 
1991, 1 received the scholarship 
that JYS grants every year to 
an English Philology student 
from the University of Seville 
to attend Sweet Briar College as 
a student and teaching assistant 
in Spanish for the Department 
of Modern Languages and 
Literatures. As a faculty member 
in that department since 2000, 
1 advised many students who 
were interested in studying in 
Latin America or Spain. But 
when I started my new job I 
did not know the ins and outs 
of the program, so 1 spent the 
first six weeks of the spring 
semester "shadowing" my first 
group of students: 33 juniors 
from Barnard, Brandeis, Brow n, 
Bryn Mawr, Chicago, Claremont 

.1 1 it-"-^ _ 

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP JYS students enjoying Feria. The Plaza de Espana, Madrid. The University of Seville. 

McKenna, Columbia, Haverford, Northwestern, 
Tufts, and Yale. I went through orientation, attended 
classes, went on all the trips, and participated in 
all the activities. It was quite intense, but I learned 
many valuable things, especially the fact that I had 
become the director of a very solid program with 
an excellent infrastructure and very good academic 
standing both in Seville and in the United States. 
Most importantly. I learned this program has a 
competent, intelligent, motivated, supporting, 
friendly team on both sides of the Atlantic: Helen 
Grose and Toni Hudson in Virginia, Macarena 
Alonso Perez-Tinao, Blanca Alonso Perez-Tinao, 
Isabel Fernandez Ruiz, Noelia Panduro Munoz 
(SBC teaching assistant, 2003-2004), Roci'o 
Guerrero Duran (SBC teaching assistant, 1997- 
1998), and Pepe Reyes Bautista in Seville. 

With my newly acquired knowledge, I am 
ready to improve and expand the program. First 
of all, 1 would like JYS and the Spanish section at 
Sweet Briar to work more closely together in the 
de\'elopment of classes and research projects in 

Spain. Two projects are already underway which, 
although relatively modest in scope, will have a 
positive impact; organizing the JYS library in 
our Seville center and developing a new web site. 
Another of my priorities is to sign agreements with 
other Schools of the University of Seville. 1 am also 
trying to establish a similar cooperation agreement 
with the other university in Seville. Universidad 
Pablo de Olavide, which has classes in fields not 
offered by the University of Seville. I would like 
to see our student center in Seville become a hub 
of academic exchange for professors from the 
United States interested in research in Seville or 

During the academic year 2009-2010, JYS will 
celebrate its 25th anniversary. If you are interested 
in learning about the events we plan to organize, 
whether you are a JYS alumna or someone who 
has decided to learn Spanish and/or about southern 
Spain, keep your eyes peeled; you'll be reading 
from us soon. 

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SBC JYF will Celebrate 60 Years in Paris 


Since 1948, the Sweet Briar College Junior Year in France 
program has been internationally recognizee! as one of 
the most prestigious study abroad programs in Paris. 

To be named the first woman director of sucii a stellar program has 
been both an honor and a privilege, it has also been challenging to 
continue the outstanding work of foriTicr JYF Directors Joseph Iv. 
|}arkcr(l')4S 1^)57). R. John Matthew ( 1^)57 1972). Robert Marshall 
(1972- 19S4). and Hmile Langlois (1984 2()()()) who dcdicaicd their 
careers to improving and perfecting the program. 

In turn. I have initiated se\cral changes to reflect needs of 
the 21st century. The first major change, voted by the Advisory 
Committee prior to m> directorship, was to adopt a onc-semcster 
program. Enrollment figures for year only students were diminishing. 
Unfortunatcl\, many .American students are imable to spend an entire 
year abroad due to double majors and increased requirements on their 
home campus. Although this change has generated more work, it has 
also helped JYF maintain a sustainable quality program while other 
programs in Paris arc either phasing out or closing. In 2006-2007, 
there were 133 JYF students (29 attended the full year, 54 fall only, 
and 50 spring only) from over 32 colleges and universities, both 
private and public, such as Amherst College, Georgetown University, 
Haxerford College. James Madison Uni\ersity. Northwestern 
Llni\ersity. Sweet Briar College, University of Virginia, Wheaton 
College, Whittier College, University of Southern California, and 
Williams College. 

Other major program developments over the past seven years of my 
Directorship include the addition of an exchange agreement with Paris 
IX (Dauphine). a university which excels in business and business 
management curriculum. Due to this added curriculum offering, 
Babson College is sending its first student to JYF in 2007-2008. We 
anticipate new exchanges at other Sorbonne universities in 2008. 

.An internship program v\as expanded in 2006 whereby over 
20 students per year are placed in fields relative to their majors. 
Students are involved in science labs, political parties, art galleries, 
film production, journalism, and fashion design. We were fortunate 
to place four students in the UMP (Union pour un MoiivenienI 
Populaire). Our students w itnessed French politics in action and 
worked behind the scenes during Nicolas Sarkozy's political 
campaign. They were even in\ ited to his victory reception at the 
Elvsee Palace. One student worked at a major French newspaper, Le 
Monde, while others worked at Lobster films. The internship program 
has turned out to be one of the most rewarding academic experiences 
for JYF students. 

The decision to hire a permanent Resident Director took nearly 
five years. Hiring a different professor of French each year to direct 
the program in Paris became more and more difficult. Since 2005, 
Mme Marie Gree has held the role as Paris Resident Director along 
with Associate Director Mme Karen Parnet and Internship Director 
Mme Lucy Hervier. These permanent positions ensure continuity in 
areas of academic ad\ ising. housing placement and internships. In 
order to keep the "American presence" alive in the Paris program, a 
new annual position was established in 2006. Each spring, a French 
professor from an American university is invited to teach one course 
for the JYF program. This allows JYF to offer new courses in 
various fields by renow ned scholars from our affiliated colleges and 

After September II, several new security measures were 
implemented. Listservs were created for current students, parents and 
study abroad advisors; wallet si/e info cards with contact numbers for 
our JYI- staff are distributed to students and parents; students abroad 
are encouraged to have cell phones; a phone tree has been established 
in case of emergency; and students are registered at the American 
I nibassy. All current U.S. government Travel Advisory Warnings are 
posted in our offices and emailed to JYF students. JYF educates and 
updates students about precautionary measures during their travels to 
other foreign countries at vacation time. 

A new JYF summer program was launched in June 2007, Although 
there was a small group often students from nme different colleges, 
the program was very successful. We are confident that the summer 
program will continue to expand. 

A group of 86 students arrived in Paris on August 24, 2007 to 
begin a unique chapter in their college career. It is always with great 
joy that my staff and I work closely with these motivated students to 
offer rich and rewarding experiences, w hich ha\e always remained 
some of their fondest memories. The annual JYF Alumni Bulieiin 
relates praiseworthy testimonies from JYF alums about their studies at 
the Sorbonne and their 5e/o;(r en France. JYF alums enjoy successful 
careers in all fields both abroad and in the US. Many arc professors 
of French, artists, writers, politicians, diplomats, lawyers, college 
presidents, businessmen, film producers, photographers, actors, and 
the list goes on and on. 

We are always so pleased to receive news about their 
accomplishments and read wonderful stories about how JYF 
influenced their lives. 

On Thursday, June 12, 2008, the 60th Anniversary of SBC JYF w ill 
be celebrated in Paris. There will be a gala event at Reid Hall, the former 
JYF headquarters in Paris for over 25 years. SBC JYF is now located 
in the Annexe of the Alliance franfciise building at 34 rue de fieurus. 
Paris 75006. Information about our 60th Anniversary celebration will be 
sent to alums in the spring and will occur in conjunction with the SBC 
Alumnae Tour to France. If you are interested in attending the Paris 
celebration, please email aV.Jyfcelebrationta 

One cannot discuss JYF without mentioning our two assistants, 
Mrs. Mary Sue Fauber, Assistant to the Director and Mrs. Pat 
Wydner, Office Manager, who have both worked for the JYF program 
for over 34 years (now under their third Director). Many thanks for 
their loyalty, efficiency and wealth of knowledge of the program. JYF 
owes much of its success to these two dedicated women. 

You are always welcome to visit our JYF offices on the Sweet 
Briar College campus at Sweet Briar, Virginia or in Paris at 34. rue 
de fieurus to observe classes. We would be delighted to meet you or 
renew acquaintances w ith JYF alums. 

Bonne Continuation! 

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From the Paris Office, 
^A rue de Fleurus 


When I was appointed permanent Resident Director of the Sweet Briar 
Paris program two years ago, I stepped into a job well established 
in tradition. Toda\ we are lucky that so much has already been put 
into place for us. What must it have been like to be in the first class 
at Sweet Briar in Paris 60 years ago? Politically, the Marshall plan 
was adopted and the cold war had started, the Universal Declaration 
of Human Rights was signed at UNESCO in December 1948, and in 
Saint Germain des Pres, artists from all over the world were sitting in 
cafes and discovering be-bop music in clubs. Paris was enthralled for 
the first, and certainly not the last, time by American culture. In the 
same way that today French hip hop bands give us their Gallic version 
of American rap, in 1948, the Zazous danced out of the war-time 
obscurity of the Club Tabou and onto the liberated streets of Paris, 
Boris Vian echoing in their wake. 

What a moment that must have been for young students arriving 
in Paris for the first time! But every year is rich in history in-the- 
making. and the last two years were no exception: strikes and national 
ferment in 2006 (against the now deceased CPE. an anonymous 
acronym for most Americans, but one that disrupted university life for 
two months), and presidential elections in 2007. Both events brought 
our students rapidly into French culture and the cauldron of French 
politics. As most of you will remember, a good port of the 
education students receive during their year in France is 
acquired outside of the classrooms. Parisians are passionate 
about politics; national conversations and cross-generational debates 
are carried on in living rooms and on cafe terraces. 

Sweet Briar in Paris continues to offer students an authentic 
French experience based on living with a French family and taking 
classes at the Paris Universities. This total immersion is supported 
by Sweet Briar's administrative expertise, which offers cultural 
experiences as well as guidance in familial and academic areas. 
Approximately 150 students each year attend the program and go to 
four different universities as well as attend a spectrum of art classes. 
In-house classes, taught in French by French professors, fill any gaps 
in University programs, while our tutors aid students in all subjects. 
Our on-site art class takes students for conferences in the Louvre 
every week, and the History of Paris class brings the city to life with 
visits to historical monuments. Our internships in French businesses, 
arts organizations, and political parties are an additional means of 
becoming in\olved in French life while garnering academic credit and 
professional experience. 

Sweet Briar's offices continue to serve as a home base for current 
students and alumni, in 1948, students would stop by for letters 
from home; today, they come to check their email. Our reading room 
with its roof-top terrace is a terrific place to have a cup of coffee or 
tea and surf the net to tTnd out what's at the cinema, what day the 
Pompidou Center is closed, or maybe plan a trip, it is a great place 
to share information and experiences. 1, too. appreciate being able to 
share my experience as a native Parisian with students in an informal 
atmosphere. From swimming pools to cinema, from bike paths to 
the best banana and nutella crepes, one of the real satisfactions of 
directing Sweet Briar's program is watching our students discover the 
pleasures of Paris, and I'm sure this is as true today as it was sixty 
years ago! 

Sixty Years in France 


Next year the College will 
celebrate the 60'" anniversary 
of its Junior Year in France 
program. In September, 1948, 
five SBC juniors: Nancy 
Franklin. Mary Morris Gamble, 
Marie Gilliam, Helen Missires 
and Joan Teetor. joined 29 
women and 33 men from other 
colleges to begin an adventure 
that would take them to a 
country still reeling from World 
War il. It was the era of the 
Russian Berlin blockade, a time 
when French people wondered if 
General de Gaulle would try to 
come back to power and provoke 
a communist reaction that could 
lead to civil war. Paris was stiii 
short of food, electricity, coal. 

heating oil. gasoline, and winter 
was cold. Going to France for a 
year in the early history of the 
JYF meant cutting all bridges 
with family and friends except 
through mail. No phone calls, 
except perhaps a short one at 
Christmas or on one's birthday, 
no daily email, no comfort food 
like cookies, candy, and peanut 
butter except in care packages 
from home, no McDonalds, no 
Starbucks, no CNN, in fact, no 
television at all during the early 
years. A year in France then 
was a complete immersion 

In 1948, students look their 
courses in the section of the 
Sorbonne reserved for foreign 

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slLidcnts. Vcr> quickly, ilic 
progiiim docklcil lo sciul sUiilciils 
to regular classes taughl tor 
I'rench students. The Sorbonnc 
itself was eveiitiialK di\ ided into 
thirteen uni\ersities lollowing 
the 1968 sludeiU protests. Today 
ihe choice ofcourses is larger 
than it e\er was. Most coiu'ses 
arc now semester long and 
students can attend a ntnnher ol' 
small, private iniixersities. The 
few special courses that Sweet 
Briar organizes for its own 
students are often considered the 
best. Some of the professors who 
taught these courses for many 
\ears are still fondly reniembered 
by alumni: M. Simon (Theatre), 
M. tiarapon (17'" century 
literature). Mmc Cotle (.Art 
history), and Mmc Triantafyllou 
(Kreneh language). Present 
professors, such as Mine Mellado 
(French writing workshop) and 
Gabriel Conesa (1?"^ and 18"^ 
century literature), are following 
in their steps. 

During the early years, the 
program in France was directed 
by a "Professor-in-chargc." 
usually a man, who held the 
function for a year or two, 
seconded by an assistant (always 
a woman!) who stayed at most 
two or three years. Eventually, 
more continuity was deemed 
necessary: Carol Denis became 
a legend during the 24 years she 
spent as Assistant Director. Her 
death soon after her retirement 
w as a shock for all those who 
had know n her. Because the 
administration of the program 
in Paris was becoming more 
complicated, especially since 
it began admitting semester 
students and started a new 
summer program, the position 
of Resident Director became 
more permanent. Dr. Marie Gree 
is now the Resident Director 
and Karen Parnet the Associate 

An unfortunate evolution 
has been the gradual shortening 
of the preliminary orientation 
session that has taken place in 
Tours every year since 1957. The 
dedicated teams of professors in 
Tours, led by people like Paul 
Lemoal, Andre Bordeaux, or 

Claude Doiibinsky were assets 
to the program. What was once 
a six-week session is now only 
two weeks because courses at the 
Paris unixersities begin in mid- 
September (compared lo early 
November in the good old days)! 
()\er the years outside events 
ha\e buffeted the program: the 
Cold War in the earl\ \cars. 
the 1%S protests thai led to a 
libcrali/atioii of some of the 
most restrictive features of the 
program, and more recently 
tinder my tenure, in September 
l')S6 the bombing of the Tati 
store not very far from our 
offices (the students were in 
Tours), the 1991 Gulf War, and 
now the Iraq War and constant 
terrorist threats. During all 
these crises parents were always 
more worried than their sons 
and daughters. To spend one's 
junior year abroad, one must 
love challenges! No wonder the 
large majority of the alumnae 
and alumni think the year was a 
turning point in their lives! 

SBC JYF 1952-53 



In college at Hryn Mawr. I fell in love w ith Irench literature. For 
beginning French, our instructor sidestepped hotel rooms and 
restaurants, and taught the present tense with a panther leaping from 
under a desk, followed by a reading of Rimbaud's brief, diz/y poem, 
"A une raison." In my mind, the poem and the panther are forever 
intertwined. Thanks to that inethod of training, 1 was allowed to 
spend my junior year in Paris, where everything around me seemed 
intense — rapid and intense. 

That year, 1 did everything I could. 1 studied piano with a student 
from the Conservatoire and practiced in my French home on the rue 
du General Foy, in the chic 8'" arrondissement, in a white, high- 
ceilinged room with ornate gold trim and glass doors. The husband 
of the black-garbed Madame Desjardins, owner of the home, had 
been killed by the Nazis in that very apartment. My roommate was a 
Christian Scientist, who prayed on the phone when she was ill. which 
concerned our hostess. She even had a priest exorcise our room. 

I attended superb, inexpensive concerts with a pass from the 
Jeunesses Musicales de France, hearing great pianists Brendel and 
Backhaus and Kemp, and went to many plays 1 only half understood. 

I muddled my way through a course at the Sciences Po (Universite 
de Paris: Sciences Politiques), where I disgraced myself in the final 

A Trip to France in 1935 

Anne Corbitt Little 
in 1934 

First encouraged by her father to explore the world beyond her homeland, 
Anne Corbitt Little '34 traveled abroad in 1935. In Norfolk, Virginia, she 
boarded a small steamship owned by the Baltimore Mail Line and braved a 
ten-day journey across the ocean to London. The seventy-passenger boat was 
surprisingly comfortable, except when they hit a strong nor'easter with waves 
that sent them up in the air and smacked them down on the water. 

After docking, she went to Oxford where she had been inv ited to attend the 
commencement ceremony of her friend's brother. From England, she journeyed 
to Paris and met with Sweet Briar Professor of French Joseph E. Barker who 
was waiting to take charge of the JYF group, then under the auspices of the 
University of Delaware. He introduced Anne to the head of French schools 
who found a position for her as an assistant in English at the Ecok Nalioiiale 
Professionale. The school was located in Bourges, a quaint town with a 

beautiful 13th century cathedral and many medieval houses. 

Before French schooling began, Anne journeyed to Holland and then back to Paris to go with Dr. 

Barker and the JYF group to study at the Institut de Touraine in Tours for six weeks. They attended 

classes daily and visited many chateaux of the Loire Valley. 

French schools started in September. In Bourges. Anne lived in the school; when not teaching she 

took culinary and French literature classes. One of her colorful memories is of the school children 

stuffing their baguettes with peeled, raw garlic cloves for a snack. 

During spring break, Anne joined the JYF group again to go by train to Italy. There, they visited the 

ancient monuments of Rome, Florence, and Milan. 

For Anne, the opportunity set in place by a dedicated SBC faculty member 

confirmed a love for travel that her father inspired in her. Since then, she has traveled 

both with her husband and Sweet Briar Alumnae Tours to various places including France. Holland. 

Germany, and the Czech Republic. Now. she takes only short trips by car. but reads a French/American 

newspaper out of California to keep in touch w ith a language that gave her much happiness. 

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oral exam with a crowd of 
auditors sitting around in 
amusement. But I loved 
walking from Sciences Po up 
the \ery long rue de Vaugirard 
to the Boul Mich, and down to 
the Institut Britannique for the 
course given by well-known 
Daniel Mornet on Rousseau. It 
was a pri\ ilege to study w ith 
Mornet. who had written all the 
books he assigned. Often he 
would lose our papers. Between 
coughs, in his very old voice, 
he would say that it didn't 
matter, the point was writing 

1 crossed to the Sorbonne 
for weekly lectures by Pierre 
Moreau on Le Culte dii moi, 
■'the religion of me," having to 
do with differences between 
egotism and egoism. He would 
enter the room, preceded by the 
huissier who would turn on his 
light and arrange his things. 
We would all stand up. The 
final exam consisted of one 
question that we had six hours 
to answer. 

With a \ery devout friend 
who was to become a nun, 
I bicycled around Brittany, 
spending the night in various 

con\ents along the way. To save 
our dw indling finances, we 
would have a carrot and some 
bread and cheese for lunch and 
would often share the con\ent 
meals in the e\ening. We hiked 
around Brest and Perros-Guirec 
and made it out as far as the 
Pointe du Raz. 

Back in Paris. I would sleep 
out all night with friends from 
Fordham on the tip of the Isle 
de la Cite in Paris and right 
outside the old monastery at 
Vezelay. It was 1953. and we 
listened to Queen Elizabeth's 
coronation on a portable radio. 


Since my JYF, I have stayed in 
touch with France, becoming 
a professor of French literature 
and passionate about French 
poetry and art. about which 1 
write, as well as other topics. 
In the summers, I live in 
a small field house, a 
cabanon, in the Vaucluse, 
part of Provence, in its 
brilliant sunlight, I have 
never gotten over the 
effects of my Junior Year 
in France. 

Dr. Caws lecturing at 
Missouri Southern State 
University and abroad 
visiting Machu Picchu 

JYF of the '50s 


This article is a dedication to the meniory of an old and dear friend 
from Sweet Briar College Junior Year in France 1953-54. the late 
Ambassador James Rentschler, Yale 1955. who died in the Paris that 
he loved in the Spring of 2007. I hope that the thoughts I express, 
although my own. are shared by many of those who spent that 
memorable rear in Paris. 1953-54. 

My 1953-54 Junior Year in France 
under Sweet Briar College auspices 
changed my life. It was precisely the 
dramatic, innovating experience that 
James Joyce called an epiphany. What 
an extraordinary metamorphosis it 
was from the sheltered, predictable 
life of U.S. colleges and uni\ersities 
in the 1950s. Suddenly, I was 
more independent and confronted 
innumerable and undreamed-of 
horizons. In that existentially charged 
atmosphere, which witnessed the 
evolving Cold War with the Soviet 
Union, and such traumatic volte-faces 
for the status quo as the French collapse 
in Indochina, one came into daily 
contact with hitherto unknown people, 
events, and cultural experiences. 

James Reid and dear 
friend Millicent Mass stroll 
along the Quai des Grands 
Augustin in spring of 1954. 


It all began in Tours. We romanticized the arduous realities of the 
Vendange, bicycled with elan to the chateaux of Amboise and Azay- 
le-Rideaux, imagined la vie de Boheme as we philosophized about 
mortality, sipped Dubonnets on the terrace of Le Gran Turc, and 
meditated about existentialist despair and human angst. 

What we found in Tours and Paris was a new intellectual 
focus. In the morning sessions of our modest classroom in Tours, 
I encountered the works of Parnassian poets Leconte de Lisle and 
Charles Baudelaire. Baudelaire's poem. L'Albatros. made a profound 
impression on me. I realized that poetry was endowed with both 
literary aesthetics ant/ pragmatic impact. 

How relevant for all of us is the plight of the albatross as Baudelaire 
described it. echoing the idea of the ""turning of a leaf," and how one's 
existence can be suddenly changed. In the poem, this majestic bird 
is humbled when it inadvertently lands on a ship's deck where it is 
mocked and humiliated by crude seamen. The poet and the albatross 
have much in common, yet almost all of us share a similarity with the 
bird at those moments when we find our lives changed in seconds. This 
was the sort of idea that we earnestly discussed over the one Dubonnet 
that our allowances would permit after class on the terrace. 

For me. this poem would come to have other relevance, as indeed 
would the publications of French writers like Charles Wiener. Andre 
Bresson, Paul Marcoy. and others w ho had traveled to South America 
in the 19th century. In 1953. 1 could not predict thai I would find my 
own "great adventure" in South America riding high into the Andes 
to remote villages and gathering material for my books. Nor could 
1 \isualize myself sailing around Cape Horn more than 70 times. 
On one special occasion, I helped a naturalist on board launch an 
albatross that became stranded on the ship's promenade. Each time 1 

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approach Tape Horn, 1 sec the Chilean na\al onlposi alop the hillside 
anil the tlianionil-shapcd ciittuit tijan albatross ni llighl. II Alhalros, a 
poem by Sara Vial, is engraved on the plai|ue below the nioiuMiieni: 

/ mil ilic Alhiilroxx 

IVIio iiwciils you ill the ciiil oj llic world 

I urn ihe soul of all llic mariners 

who have ilisappcarcti in these liirlnileiil wtiiers. 

They have nol perisheil. 

Rallier. ihey have heen erailleJ for elernily. 

In llie wiikls iiihl the waves. 

As w iih main experiences in iin life and certainly, in the lixcs ol" 
all those \\ho had the good forttnic to tra\el to France through Sweet 
Briar College — the example ol'the two albatross poems underlines a 
finidamental factor of importance that began in France: continuity. 
Certain threads became omnipresent in my life, shaping it w ith 
interests and o\erall gestalt. I suspect (after discussing these ideas 
with such 1953-54 close friends as Millicent Maas (pictured) and the 
late Ambassador James Rentschler) that other participants in 1953-54 
share some of the following sentiments. 

Humanism cv - 1 learned that humanism 

was practical as well as cuhural. C'ertainl\ it was art, architecture, 
theater, literature, opera, ballet, all of which are the apotheosis of 
liinnan creaii\ ity, but also medical, scientific, and other technological 
advances. Technology became mar\elous. It is \ ital that we dominate 
it and not be dominated by it, 

at men who combine intellect and 
action: I found the example of Andre Malraux of transcendental 
impact. He was a man who had described his 1920s Cambodian 
adventures in La foie Royale and, although criticized for bringing back 
ancient Khmer statues to France, actually demonstrated remarkable 
prescience. When 1 was in Vietnam in 1967-68, and organizing 
clandestine U.S. operations in Cambodia with Prince Sihanouk 
(described in a forthcoming book by former New York Times Editor 
and Pulitzer Prize Administrator Seymour Topping), I discovered that 
the Khmer Rouge were using the area where those statues had been 
located as mortar bases! Malraux would go on to participate as a pilot 
in the Spanish Ci\ il War and later become Minister of Culture under 
President de Gaulle, a man of action and intellect. 

" , ,,„i.,„ -. :!,„ ,,-..-.™. When you finally 

arri\e at \our destination, do not be disappointed with what you 
find; the key is the totality of your experiences during the voyage, as 
Constanin Cavafy wrote in the poem, Illiaka. I learned to savor the 
moment during that year in France, especially as a flaneur. 

Pleasures of rhe (ianei<i' Flaneur is to stroll leisurely, to 
experience atmosphere. And how wonderfully Paris educated us 
in this regard! There were strolls through the Tuileries, along the 
Boule\ard St. Germain, along the quais of the Seine, and over the 
Pont Neuf to Le Vert Galant — with the statue of Henri IV who was 
assassinated in 1610 by the fanatic Ravaillac. And along the Quai des 
Grands Augustins. bouquiuisles introduced us to the Kama Sutra, 
which seemed to be the glory of eroticism! 

Interest in art; The charm of many sights we encountered and 
the artists who had painted them: Sisley. Monet. Pissarro. Caillebotte. 
Matisse. Marquet, Van Dongen, and Bernard Buffet had a major 
impact on my life. I exhibited my oil paintings internationally, being 
elected a permanent societaire to the Salon d'Automne in 1972. 1 ha\e 
always been an inveterate collector of eclectic art. My experience in 
France combined w ith my interest in South America inspired me to 
write 14 art books published in London. New York, and Lima, as well 
as numerous catalogues for institutions like President Chirac's Musee 
du quai Branly. 

James Reid greets Agoli Agba III, Dedyalagni, King of Benin 

Passion for travel: Art inspired several of us to travel beyond 
the Louvre and Jeu de Paume to more distant venues of Florence, 
Rome, and Venice during breaks. Medieval art was a special stimulus 
for my good friend in the program, Millicent Maas, who. fascinated 
by Notre Dame, was inspired to embark upon the pilgrimage to 
Chartres and its magnificent cathedral. There were trips to the 
haunts of the Impressionists: Moret-Sur-Loing to evoke Sisley, to 
Vetheuil and Giverny to the world of Monet, and to llonfleurand the 
Normandy coast where Boudin had painted. 

New dimensions in terms of thoughts, attitudes, and 
the purpose of life: The t950s, as Stanley Karnow describes in his 
book, Paris in the 1950s, was the era of the Existentialists, of Simone 
de Beauvoir's All Men are Mortal, of Albert Camus' L'Etranger. 
and above all of Jean-Paul Sartre's astonishing Existentialism is a 
Humanism. They followed the great tradition of writers like Proust 
and Gide and, in the case of Sartre, proved inlTuential to me in taking 
decisive actions, accepting their responsibility, and determining their 

intellectual curiosity: In the Paris of the 1950s, how could 
we not be stimulated to an awareness of new horizons of intellectual 

Breadth of vision and vy^illingness to listen to and 
understand the views of other peoples and nations: I came 
to appreciate how important this was. not only from lectures, but also 
from daily life in cosmopolitan Paris. 

Continuous importance of the French language: My 
ability to speak and write French has always been an indispensable 
asset to me both personally and professionally. As a U.S. Military 
Officer at S.H.A.P.E (Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe). 
1964-67. 1 worked in Intelligence Operations regarding Russia and 
Eastern Europe. In 1967-68, when I was in Vietnam, French contacts 
provided invaluable assistance in the Top Secret Operation Vesu\ ius 
in Cambodia. Recently, in traveling to West Africa to gather material 
for tny art publications and the origins of Brazil's Carna\al. French 
ties helped to arrange meetings with the Republic of Benin's King 
Agoli Agba III, Dedyalagni. 

The desire to maintain a close association with France 
by living there: After returning from Vietnam in 1968, stimulated 
by the advice of Madame Andre Lhote, whose late husband was a cubist 
painter there, I traveled to the Drome, south of Lyon, and at Mirmande, 
with its spectacular \ iew of the Rhone river, acquired a 15th century 
house on the \ illage's main street. The price proved to be extremely 
modest and was based upon the number of tiles on the roof! 

In conclusion: merei mille fois. Sweet Briar College Junior Year in 
France, for enriching my life and the lives of many in our group during 
that memorable 1953-54 Year in Tours, the chateaux country along the 
Loire river and in Paris, the eternal "I'ille Lumiere." 

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Joe Carroll and Ashley Carroll '10 
at Sweet Briar. 

The SBC JYF program 
changed my life personally 
and professionally. I would 
like to share two stories that will 
relate to many who have traveled 
or studied in Paris. 

In the '80s, I became 
publisher of a weekly trade 
newspaper called Furniture/ 
Today. Although I had taught 
French at various universities 
for eight years, my opportunities 

to speak the language dwindled 
once I went into publishing. 
1 only used my French on 
occasional meetings of the local 
.Alliance Francaise. One day I 
recei\ ed a brochure from Sweet 
Briar promoting a week-long 
reunion of JYF alumnae in 
Paris. The brochure was timely, 
as I had been looking for an 
opportunity to return to France. 

Still thinking about business 
when I arrived in Paris, I paid 
a visit to the director of the 
Salon du Meuble, an annual 
furniture trade show. He had 
been advertising regularly in one 
of our competitor's magazines. 
1 delivered my sales pitch in 
French to the director (who 
spoke little English); he was 
both impressed and grateful. He 
thanked me for flying to Paris 
just to ask for his business, and 
the show is still an exclusive 
advertiser with us today. 

About 10 years ago I was 
in Paris attendinsi the same 

furniture show. 1 took the last day 
of my trip to \isit my old student 
haunts. 1 went immediately to the 
Sorbonne to see if 1 could find 
my old classrooms. 

The courtyard was 
unchanged, but new security 
guards watched the entrance. I 
used my most eloquent French to 
persuade them that 1 had been a 
student in 1959-60 and had no 
terrorist intentions. 1 found the 
gallery classroom where I had 
audited Antoine Adam's Siecle 
de Lumieres. an 18th century 
literature course. Beside the 
door, a sign indicated that a class 
would begin in 15 minutes. I 
couldn't resist taking a seat at the 
top of the gallery near the door, 
should 1 need to escape. 

As the classroom filled with 
students of many nationalities, 
I felt taken back in time. A bare 
table and a single chair waited 
on the stage below. An attractive 
woman entered with a student 
assistant who began distributing 

notes. He handed me a set as if I 
were a regular attendee. 

The professor was 
electrifying. 1 can't recall a 
more stimulating 90 minutes. 
When 1 was a student I could 
understand perhaps 35% of what 
the professor said. Now, I could 
understand almost every word. 
To understand a brilliant lecture, 
free from having to take notes or 
be anxious about an impending 
exam, was an experience I will 
never forget. 

When I proposed to my 
wife in 1990, we decided to be 
married in Paris. The editor of 
the French furniture magazine 
pulled a lot of strings (another 
story in itself) to help us 
accomplish what we had been 
told by the U.S. State Department 
was almost impossible. 

We arrived in Paris on a 
Thursday, with the wedding, a 
civil ceremony, scheduled for 
noon on Saturday at the mairie 
of the 9th arrondissement. We 

Memories of SBC JYF 1960-61 




In those days we traveled to France by a 
boat, the Mauretania. which helped us sense 
the distance between France and the United 
States, a phenomenon lost through air travel. 
In 1960, cultures 'were much farther 
apart than the internet allows today. 
(Not only were there no McDonald's, but 
ketchup was unheard of) Although I didn't 
realize it at the time, France was still licking 
its physical and psychological wounds from 
World War II. The few of many examples 
jotted below of my junior year in France are 
testimonies to the lasting effect of France on 
my life and serve as reasons w hy 1 mo\ed to 
France forty years ago. 

1 lived with three other SBC JYF 
attendees; Mary Healy, Louise DeCosta, and 
Anne Ambler, in the Touraine during our six- 
week introductory course at the University of 
Tours. Our home was a mini chateau owned 
by a family with seven boys ranging in age 
from several months to sixteen years old (the 
three-year-old thought my slippers were real 
rabbits). In the evenings we watched their 
father, baguette brandished like a sword, 
chase the seven-year-old and black sheep of 

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Sweel Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

Learning to See 

;irri\cil al llic nuiiric lo sign 
the liiuil dDcuiiK'iUs at II a.m., 
l-riJa>. The pciii Joiuiioniiiiirc 
(bureaucrat) whose signature ami 
approval was essential, ga\e us 
a Ciallie poulanJ shrug anil said 
his office would close at noon; 
there wasn't enough time to do 
all the paperwork. We would 
have to come back on Monday. 
Then, a women in his office 
looked at him sternly and said, 
"monsieur, nous nc sonuncs 
pas la police: c'esi tine qiieslion 
lie I 'amour. " ("We are not the 
police; this is about lo\e.") He 
shrugged again and acquiesced. 

My vv'ife and I now return 
to France every year for our 
vacation. We rent a house in 
Provence, in the v illage of 
Menherbes, where Peter Mayle 
was living w hen he wrote, A Year 
in Provence. 

You now know how my life 
was changed both professionally 
and personally by my Junior Year 
in France. 1 send a contribution 

cverv \ to the K, .lulin 
Matthews scholaiship fmul with 
hope that I w ill be able to prov idc 
a life-changing experience for 
a deserv ing student. I have set 
aside a larger amount in my will 
to support the program. 

I am most proud that iny 
granddaughter, Ashley, chose to 
attend Sweet Briar rather than my 
alma mater, UVA. After v isiting 
both campuses she preferred 
the small classes, the personal 
attention from her instructors 
and the feeling of closeness and 
friendship that was so evident 
during our v isit. 1 had no plans 
to influence her decision but, 
confidentially. Sweet Briar was 
my choice as well. I am very 
proud to be both a JYF alumnus 
and the grandfather of a future 
SBC alumna. 

Joe Carroll is publisher o/Furniture/ 
Today, a weekly business newspaper. 
He is the author of several books on 
furniture in The Perfect Home series. 

DR. GEORGE W. MCDANIEl, JYF 1964-65; B.A '^.FWAMFF Tisi 66 

After all these years, there is 
one particular experience that 
continues to shape my life. 
During my JYF, I was given 
the chance to participate 
in a wonderful class at the 
Louvre that taught me how 
to appreciate art. 

1 grew up in Atlanta, a small 
city at that time, and while 
Irench literature was accessible, 
the history of art was not in our 
curriculum. Art museums were 
not a part ol'our lives. Before 
leaving for Paris at age 19, I 
visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. I wanted 
to see Rembrandt's painting, .Aristotle Conteinplaling the Bust of 
Homer, whose recent purchase by the Met at 2.3 million dollars had 
made headlines. When 1 looked at the painting, I expected something 
great to happen. After all, I'd read fine writers like Racine. Flaubert, 
and Saint-E.xupery and felt enlightened. At a younger age. I'd paid 
good money to go to the concert in Atlanta when Ray Charles was 
first recorded singing live: "What I'd Say!"; "Yes, Indeed!""; and "The 
Night Time Is Right Time"'. Something beyond words had moved me! 
But as I looked at the painting, nothing occurred. 1 left, puzzled. 

George McOaniel (right) and 
friends on on afternoon in Paris. 

the family around the dining room table. 

In our free time, we traveled along the 
Loire by motor scooter or bike, stopping off 
at the limestone caves and sampling wine. 
We felt Rabelaisian: the light, the grapes, 
the warmth! We looked for pumpkins for 
an early Halloween celebration and met a 
farmer who said we could take as many as 
we wanted because "live les .Americains! lis 
nous ant saiives des Bodies." ("Long live the 
Americans! They saved us from the Krauts.") 

On my first night in Paris. I was 
overwhelmed by the scintillating Place de 
la Concorde, a half moon pasted in the sky 
next to the Eiffel Tower in the distance. This 
was an unfathomable change from dull, clean 
New England. Cafe an lait and a tartine 
were a delight brought to me by a maid in 
the morning, yet newspaper squares for toilet 
paper were less welcome. 

Through Paris, we rode on quaint, open 
platforms at the back of busses, raced to slip 
through the metal doors of metres, and had 
our tickets punched by a little mustachioed 
man. I waited with 300 other students for the 
doors of the Sorbonne amphitheater to open 

and then was crushed by the wave of 300 
students emerging from the previous lecture. 

During the Salan/Jouhaud putsch of 
Algeria in 1961, we listened to the radio to De 
Gaulle's resounding, "Fran(,-aises. Franqais. 
aidez-moi!" During that same attempted 
putsch, we watched Monsieur Serullaz. our 
impeccable, lavender-scented 19th century 
art teacher at the Louvre, come to class 
exhausted and unshaven, having guarded the 
art treasures of France from the anticipated 
paratroopers, who were going to, I never 
understood, hold the paintings for ransom'? 

I could reminisce about the wonderful 
theater performance our talented group put 
on at the conclusion of our stay in Tours or 
the various trips I took in France and other 
countries with SBC JYF attendees. But that 
would take too long. Let me just close by 
saying that the France I live in today is very 
different from that of 47 years ago — less 
picturesque, less gentle, less unique. But 
isn't that true of all countries in this inter- 
connected world? 

JYF students crossing the Atlantic. 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine ' 


Fall 2007 • 1 3 

Once in Paris, I enrolled in an art history course at tiie 
Louvre. The experience challenged me for the subject was 
new, and the lectures and exams, of course, were in French. 
On Friday afternoons, our professor lectured for an hour with 
slides, introducing us to art from the medieval through the 
20th century periods; the next hour, she focused on a specific 
French painter of the 19th century. On Mondays, we went to 
the Louvre, and she interpreted works of the specific artist in 
depth and, for the next hour, the art from the general period 
in history. The course led us through the Lountc to the Jeu de 
Paume and to the Musee de L'Art Moderne. For our year-end 
e.xam, we had to write essays on 19th century French painting 
and be able to identify any painting by any painter from any 
one of those three museums and to explain the rationale for 
our choice. 

During that year I spent hours in the art museums of 
Madrid, Rome, Florence, Venice, Athens, Munich, Brussels, 
Amsterdam, and London. 1 came to appreciate the architecture 
and landscapes of Europe. In August, I returned to New 
York, re\ isited the Metropolitan, and sought out Rembrandt's 
painting. This time, 1 couldn't take my eyes off it. I savored it. 
I could see one thing, and another thing, and another. It was a 
feast for my eyes. I could see it. 

That experience shaped my career. I'm now director of 
Drayton Hall, an 18th century historic site of the National 
Trust for Historic Preservation near Charleston, SC, where 
1 strive to help visitors learn to see what is before them. 
Our programs help them learn to perceive the architecture, 
landscape, and diverse people of Drayton Hall as they 
once were. This commitment has led us to develop a new 
handheld DVD device, completed in partnership with the 
History Channel. As visitors walk through the landscape, 
they can better envision change and continuity as they view 
historical drawings, documents, and photographs and hear 
oral history interviews with people who lived here. The DVD 
also shows images of how the natural vicinity might have 
appeared (with nearby condos) had our carnpaigns to preserve 
it been unsuccessful. This instrument brought me back to my 
experience at the Met; it is a tool that helps others see more 
than what is there. It helps them to imagine. 

What I learned during my junior year abroad is that few of 
us can develop that ability to see by ourselves. It takes gifted 
teachers, serious thought, and an appealing subject. The result 
leads us to open our eyes and more importantly, our minds. 

For more information about Drayton Hall visit 

As a high school senior, Dr. 
McDaniel was inspired by his French 
teacher Caroline Sauls Shaw '58 lo 
participate, like her. in the SBC JYF 
program. His various connections 
with Sweet Briar aside from his 
participation in the SBC JYF 
program are astonishing and include 
his mother Marguerite Hodnett 
McDaniel '2S and sister Maiguerite 
McDaniel Wood '57 as well as 
professional colleagues: Drayton 
Hall hoard chairman emeritus 
Jane Pinckney Hanahan '57 and Drayton Hall major supporter Sally 
Reahard '30. Dr. McDaniel is imw the executive director of Drayton 
Hall, a .southern plantation home and National Trust Historic Site, near 
Charleston, SC. 

SBC JYF 1973-74 

Southern plantation home 
Drayton Hall in South 


On Thursday, September 6, 1973, I sailed out of New York aboard the S.S. 
France for what I expected would be a year-long vacation. Little did I know 
on that day that I was undertaking a learning experience that continues even 

I received my first lasting impression while at sea. Mesmerized by the 
vast expanse of blue surrounding the ship, I felt free of all constraints and 
obligations. Those were the most stress-free days I have ever known. I lost 
all sense of the passage of time and had a fleeting notion that eternity must 
be like that. I wished that 1 could spend the rest of my life in that state of 

On Tuesday, September 1 1, the France docked at Le Havre. People 
lined the shore. They clapped and shouted as the ship passed. We hastily 
disembarked and boarded busses headed for Caen, where we spent our first 
night in France. The following day, we arrived at Tours. The sweeping white 
staircases of L'Institut de La Touraine, where we would spend the next six 
weeks taking intensive language courses, loomed before us. 

As soon as we were settled in Tours, we were subjected to a battery 
of placement tests. None of us knew at which level we had placed, for the 
seven groups were discretely named for chateaux in the Loire Valley. Along 
with courses in written and spoken French, we took a history course. The 
professor, M. Borius, gave us a thorough history of modern France, during 
which he emphasized World War I and World War 11. At that time, I was 
not interested in the world wars. I daydreamed while M. Borius lectured 
about the Maginot Line, the Resistance and the collaborators. That I did not 
appreciate the course fully is my everlasting regret, for I have since come to 
care deeply about history and have a particular interest in World War II. I 
must have learned something from M. Borius, although I recall putting up my 
own passive resistance while in his class. 

Although World War II was a distant shadow to me, its memory was 
fresh in the minds of my French hosts. War stories were a popular topic of 
conversation, and 1 learned of the hardships that the French had endured 
during the German Occupation. My Parisian hostess, Mme. Andree Nolleau, 
told me that her husband, a barrister, had participated in the Nurenburg War 
Trials. She told of herself and her neighbors covering the windows of their 
apartments with tar paper so that the snipers who perched among the turrets 
of L'Ecole des Arts et Metiers across the street could not tell when lights 
were on and take the opportunity to shoot. There was a curfew by which time 
all French nationals had to be off the streets. A Frenchman out after curfew 
risked being shot. She told of days when food was rationed and people in 
Occupied France could have only one new pair of shoes per year. For me, not 
having bacon and eggs for breakfast and being limited to two showers per 
week (frequent complaints of American students) seemed a small sacrifice 
in comparison to those the French had made during the war. I realized that, 
had I been born thirty years earlier, I might not have had the opportunity to 
spend my junior year in France. In all likelihood, I would have had to put my 
college education on hold and go to work to support the war effort. 

In Paris, I took some interesting courses, including a course in 20th 
century literature under Raphael Molho. M. Molho's thorough knowledge 
of the social and historical context of each work we studied increased my 
appreciation of modern literature significantly. I also took a political science 
course divided into two parts: the coins magistixil. or lecture, and the TD 
(Ifcivaux diriges). a small group in which we did written and oral exercises. I 
recall cringing when, near the end of the first semester, my TD professor told 
me that I had a tendency to inxent words which were "delightfully comical." 

Although my Frendi iinpiuvcu 3iL)iiiiii.uiiiiy rrioi year, I vs^ent 
home having learned a more important lesson. I had gained a 
profound respect for history, along with a deep appreciation 
of my home, family and friends. 

1 4 . Foil 2007 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine ' 


SBC JYF 1988-89 




My experience w ith the Sweet 

Briar JYK program chaiigcil iii\ 
lilc. It was thriHigli this trip ami 
ilic woiulcrful people I met that I 
was ahk' to conic out of my shell 
aiul become who I am today. 

riuHigh a shy person, I 
maile the decision carls that 
m\ nature woidd not prevent 
nie from enjoying this great 
opportunity, and immedialcK 1 
started getting to know the other 
l.'^? students in the program. My 
ciTorts paid otT. I t'oimd a group 
orwonderriil people, life-long 
friends w ilh whom I shared all 
kinds of adxentures that scar 
and e\er since. A strong bond 
formed between us as we learned 
together in classes and were 
immersed in a new environment. 

Paris is like no other city. 
\9SS. the bicentennial of the 
French Resolution, was a 
spectacular year to experience 
it. The \ibrant place drew me 
in; I absorbed every shop-front, 
edifice, street, park, and church I 
could find. 

While I took most of my 
classes at Sciences Po, my 
favorite class was offered through 
the SBC JYF curriculum: Paris A 
Travers Ses Monuments. Suzanne 
Oswald, our teacher, would take 
us on a weekly field trip that 
gave us the chance to experience 
history firsthand through the 
architecture and art of the 
locations we \ isited. Each week 
brought a new adventure and a 
deeper hunger for discosery. I 
started dragging my group of 
friends off to explore new areas 
of the city and to further my 
knowledge of French history 
w henever I could. 

When the metro 
workers went on strike in 
solidarity for their postal 
worker compatriots, I 
didn't fret about getting 
around the city; rather. 
1 took to the streets. 
The walk to school was 
long, but exhilarating. 

On days when I wasn't in a 
rush, I would alter my route 
slightly, visiting new streets 
and finding new treasures. The 
walking did wonders for me, 
both physicaMy and mentally. 1 
ilev eloped a great appetite that 
I quenched at patisseries along 
the way. Thankfully, the walking 
outweighed the caloric intake of 
my new pastime, and my outings 
w ith friends became a class of 
my own making: Paris A Travers 
Scs Patissieries. At the top of the 
list was the crepe man outside the 
Alliance Francaise who made a 
banana-nutella crepe that has yet 
to be surpassed and believe me, 1 
ha\e searched. 

I look back at that year 
with great nostalgia and savor 
the memories. There were 
countless dinner parties at 
Dina and Rose's apartment, 
both fellow SBC JYF students. 
Rose and L experimented with 
food combinations and tortured 
Dina by making her our taster. 
Each dinner culminated in great 
conversations, talking politics, 
telling stories, and sharing our 
dreams. It was magical. 

During that year I 
developed a continuing 
passion for life, for 
experiencing new things, 
and for savoring v/onderful 
friendships. While our group 
has scattered across the country, 
and even the world, the bond we 
shared that year still links us, 
and when we email, talk on the 
phone, or see each other it is as if 
no time has passed at all. 

We'll always have Paris. 

JYF Memories 1995-96 


I loiii the start, ntv Inne m France was like a fairytale. I liveil 
in lours and Pans and met extraordinary people in both places. 
1 he host family in lours took us to a political campaign picnic 
in the verdant hills of the Loire Valley. Speeches were belled 
from underneath a large, plastic, white lent in the middle of ihe 
countryside. We enjoyed a full course dinner accompanied by 
techno music and got an autograph Irom the Former Minister of 
Economy Alain Madelin. On a special day in Paris, I happened 
to be standing next to the organizers of a school event as they 
greeted lornier Prime Minister l-douard Balladur exiting his car. 
I remained momentarily in awe while proceeding after them into 
a room u ith high ceilings, polished wood floors, long mirrors 
framed in gold, and intricate carved designs on the while walls. 

While in Tours. SBC organized an intense inonth-long 
tutorial to help us pass the Sciences Po entrance exam when we 
arrived in Paris. This offered the once-in-a-lifetimc opportunity 
to sludy at L'lnstitul d'Etudes Poliliqucs dc Paris, a prestigious 
educational institution that has schooled historical leaders and 
civil servants of France. We learned to write research papers and 
conduct presentations using a hypothesis-anti-hypothesis-synthesis 
framework, otherwise know n as "The Sciences Po Plan." The 
reading rooms of the libraries had long, narrow tables, and shelves 
bulging with economics, politics, and international relations 
books and academic journals. Staff gathered books for us in the 
stacks, while we ran to a nearby cafe for a baguette sandwich. 
They notified us when the books where ready at the desk. SBC's 
excellent tutorial enabled us to supplement and apply what we 
learned in the Sciences Po lectures. One of our tutors, an expert 
on subjects from development economics to European unification 
policies, was from Benin. He challenged us to perform our very 
best and demonstrated great patience in answering questions, 
always ensuring that we understood the subject matter. 

Outside the classroom, 1 gained valuable glimpses of life in 
Africa and of African immigrants in France. My host family had 
a son who had lived in Chad for two years. During that time he 
collected art objects, my favorite of which was a carved wooden 
figurine of thin people paddling a narrow canoe. His friends from 
Chad visited and brought along non-perishable food. For the first 
time, 1 tasted smoked and dried meats, plantains, plantain chips, 
and nuts from Africa. Their brimming smiles, sincerity, and 
penchant for storytelling made tiine spent with them entertaining 
and informative. 1 also explored France's immigrant community 
with a friend of the family who had immigrated from Africa. 
She took me to the outskirts of Paris, where we wandered into 
the bargain shops with everything from clothing to household 
goods. She spoke of the challenge to find a well-paying job and an 
affordable, safe place to live in Paris. 

Studying development economics v/ith a professor 
from Benin, meeting friends of my host family from 
Chad, and talking to a peer African immigrant while 
living in France sparked my interest in international 
development, which led me to pursue a career in that 
field. I am grateful to the SBC JYF Office for providing me with 
a grant, and for the administrative support led by the late Madame 
Carol Denis in the Paris Office, which made my lime in France 
exciting, productive, and insightful. 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

Fall 2007 • 15 

The Sorbonne 

A Lesson From Paris, 
SBC JYF 1996-97 


In the summer of 1996 I read 
French or Foe by Polly Piatt, 
the required reading to prepare 
for the upcoming year in Paris. 
In one way, it helped. The book 
gave me an excuse to purchase 
an Y\es Saint Laurent suit, 
instructing that every Parisian 
woman must own at least one, 
even if it be her only ensemble. 
One cannot risk not being chic 
a Parisl But the book also 
made me feel defensive and 
cautious of self-absorbed store 
clerks, snotty waiters, and 
truck drivers who would be en 
greve at the drop of a chapeau. 
Once in France, the SBC JYF 
practicum helped me slip from my worries into 
eating from the hands of the French, my assumed 

While at the Sorbonne, 1 had a heated 
conversation with one administrator who tried to 
convince me that 1 did not exist there as a student. 
I showed him all of my documentation (love letters 
to the French) and even my student card with 
the smiley photo of myself on it. The gentleman 
remained unmoved and gave me a French shrug, 
which told me that his day would be totally unaltered 
by my having been in it. Somehow within the 
frustration, we came to an understanding. I had 
been talking to the wrong person in the wrong 
bureau. As a private experiment to see what this 
man en colere would do, I apologized. The heavens 
opened. 1 could see Monet grinning down on me 
from above. The administrator looked straight into 
my face for the first time since I had approached 
his desk, and he said it was no problem and to have 
a nice day. He even sounded like he meant it. I left 
with a lighter step and as a richer person due to 
our "conversation." He wasn't my enemy because I 
was American. No, it was because he was French 
and expressed himself differently. It may sound 
simplistic, but it was a profound lesson for me. My 
perspective was changed. Previously, I would get 
frustrated while in lines at airports and post offices 
in France, thinking all the while that process would 
take a fraction of the time in the United States. •■ na 
French had an unfamiliar v^ay of doing 
things, a way that I could appreciate, learn 
from, and enjoy. This perspective helps me more 
often than I can say, especially living here in Los 
Angeles where my neighbor could easily become 
my foe for lack of my own understanding and 
willingness to learn from him. This is why 1 still say, 
Je t'aime, Parisl 

JYF 2003-04 


Anyone who has lived somewhere and loved it cherishes indelible images of that 
place, and 1 am no exception, especially in reference to Paris. When 1 think back to 
my time on the Sweet Briar Junior Year in France program in academic year 2003- 
2004, the city spreads itself out in my memory, unfurling images from all the months 
1 spent there: bursts of springtime leaves skirting the Boule\ard Raspail and framing 
St. Germain des Pres, shadows of bridges along the Seine, little children's footsteps 
tracing the snow-swept fountains in the Jardin du Lu.xembourg, the autumn sun 
streaming through the second-floor window in the Musee d'Orsay. 

Though the sights are precious to me, memories of the sounds of 
Paris often resonate more vividly. They crop up quickly in pensive moments, 
even amid the bustle of multilingual Manhattan where I live. Sometimes the trigger 
is obvious — the strains of an accordion in the subway help recall the tune of an 
accordeon played on the Pont Neuf, and the brave and bright voice of Edith Piaf 
pulsing from an American coffee shop is the same as in a cafe in Pigalle. Other 
times, they are brought on more subtly, like the up-and-down, unfamiliar Arabic 
rhythms wafting from a storefront on my corner, reminding me of the Lebanese 
restaurants of my Parisian quartier. 

Even more vivid than the city sounds is the diverse palette of the spoken sounds 
from my French home and university life. It takes little effort to recall the cadences 
of my three younger host sisters' voices in our weekly English lessons: the faceted 
political discussions with Mathilde, the analyses of Moliere and Rowling with 
Raphaelle, and the read-alongs of Eloise books with Juliette. Almost as easily, 1 hear 
the thick, accented French of our Portuguese housekeeper, Maria, whose mnemonic 
device for my name was "tie a riz." 1 hear the voice of my literature TA at Paris IV 
exhorting us through our trembling explications de texle, and 1 hear Piaf, again, this 
time in the context of Phonetique lessons and the tapes that Denise would play for 
the class of Piaf's brilliant turn in Cocteau's "Le Bel Indifferent." 

While in France, the parameters of my inner and outer personalities shifted to 
assimilate new elements. The culture and language that 1 absorbed alchemized a 
French self within me — the part whose voice drops a fraction when speaking French 
words, whose hands count numbers and knock on doors differently, and whose 
lips now purse in a different, Gallic way. That side of me stays alive in the sonic 
snapshots that preserve my time in Paris, existing as a motivating force with which 
I will continue learning, growing, and traveling. The public and private memories of 
my year in France, which 1 will always cherish, meld my French life together with 
the American one that I've been re-inhabiting. They each take part in my desires to 
travel, practice literary criticism, and make the world better — together they shape me 
as a citizen of an international community. 

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St. Andrews, 1962-63 




When 1 tliink olSt. .Aiulrcws. I sec red gcnv ns: red gowns against 
gra) stone, against hliie sks. red gowns hlow n out like balloons atop 
bicycles, red gow ns huddled before coal fires. There are other images 
in my head, of course: the romantic ruins of cathedral and castle, the 
sea beating against pier and cliffs, the stroll across the Old Course 
to the West Sands (much to the consternation of the golfers). But 
evcr\ where there were the gowns, the emblems of who we were. 
Though i would ha\e been a high and mighty junior at Sweet Briar, 
I was, for non-academic purposes, a Bejantine (feminine of Bejant, a 
freshman) during m\ first term at St. .Andrews. Thai meant 1 had to 
entertain at the Bejantine Tea. sing the Gaudi on Raisin Monday and 
present a pound of grapes (actually, a bottle of sherry) to my senior 
woman, Priscilla Langlev, just back from her year at Sweet Briar; 
but it also meant 1 had to wear my gow n right up on my shoulders, 
like a coat. (An official Tertian second term, I could slip it cooly off 
one shoulder: but only back at Sweet Briar could I trail it behind me 
in the impractical but grand manner of a Magistrand). However we 
wore them, the gow ns were beautiful. In them we looked like flocks 
of cardinals suddenly settling on the Quad or being blown about by 
the fierce wind off the North Sea. They were woolen and heavy, with 
great slee\es like w ings: they were probably the warmest things that 
any of us owned and in those days, in the dark backward and abysm 
of time, warmth was definitely an issue. 

1 arri\ed at St. Andrews on the heels of a sweltering Texas 
summer, weather so hot that it made the clothes in your dresser 
drawer feel as if they'd just emerged from the dryer. It was October, 
and Vd never been so cold in my life, not inside anyway. I was 
assigned to University Hall, a women's residence a windy bike ride 
away from the Quad, and already my room felt like a refrigerator. 
Ne.xt door was a new dormitory (where fellow Sweet Briar student 
Tappy Lynn resided) equipped with that miracle of modernity, central 
heating. But at Hall we were traditional: each of our rooms contained 
a fireplace with a coal grate, and outside the door, three times a 
week, a scuttle of coal appeared. Charming to be sure, but hardly 
comforting as I contemplated the winter before me! I resohed not 
to shiver Having abandoned the idea of studying in the library (my 
habit at Sweet Briar) because my fingers grew too numb to turn the 
pages, I pulled my desk close to the fire, wrapped up in my gown, and 
slogged through my Anglo-Sa.\on, baking on one side and freezing 
on the other. I quickly ran out of coal. A visit to the ironmonger soon 
revealed that, though not expensive, coal is unbelievably heavy, quite 
impossible to balance in a bicycle basket. So 1 began hoarding and 
spending time w ith my friends. 

Judith Henderson lived right across the hall from me. A true 
Bejantine, not quite eighteen, pretty, funny, and very smart, she 
was the first person 1 met upon my arrival. Somehow 1 managed to 
understand her Ayrshire accent and she my Texas drawl. Just around 
the corner was Kate Kinsella, a Londoner, another Bejantine, witty, 
breezy, warm, with a face right out of a Pre-Raphaelite painting. 
Geography brought us together, but we became friends, so they claim 
to this day, because of coal, a claim I stoutly deny. I do confess to 
many a happy evening in which I abandoned Pope and Fielding and 
Beowulf in the chill of my room to sit pleasantly before the fire in one 
of theirs. ha\ ing our coffee and biscuits as we wound our circuitous 
way through youth and dreams and the expectations of all that time 

yet 10 come. There were other friends, of course, but they are part of 
the tapestry of memory, forever young, frozen in time like the gray 
stone skyline. Kate and Judith, on the other hand, have been two of 
the great friends of my life. 

We were not always snuggled before the fire drinking coffee. 
Usually we were flying about on our bicycles or climbing in the ruins 
or otherwise experiencing the great adventure of St. Andrews. And 
of course we were going to lectures. The lecturers wore flimsy black 
gowns, rather sad compared to our brilliant red. but their arrival in the 
lecture hall was greeted with a great stamping of feet, the equivalent 
of applause, and the lectures themselves were punctuated by the 
stamping or, to register disapproval, the shuffling of feet. Sad to say, 
many of their faces and words have faded from memory, but I can see 
and hear one of them as if he were standing before me this moment: 
Mr. L., let us call him. He was in fact a splendid lecturer, with the 
satiric tone of the eighteenth century he loved. No one shuffled his 
feet while Mr L. was speaking: we w^ere all terrified of him. Even in 
that freezing lecture hall, people were in a literal sweat on the days 
he returned exams or papers. The process was particularly trying if 
one happened to be female. "The gentlemen may collect their papers 
in my office after class." he would announce. "The ladies" papers are 
here." And there was a thunderous noise as he slammed our papers 
down on the desk. Even though he praised my paper on Tom Jones to 
the class with what sounded like real enthusiasm, he never troubled to 
find out who 1 was or what I looked like. 1 was a long way from Sweet 
Brian Occasionally, I entertain myself with the fantasy of his walking 
into a lecture hall today. Alas, Justice is not only blind but sometimes 
absent: Mr. L. slipped away long before he could experience the 
Women's Movement. 

Yes, it was all a long time ago, the time of things to come, the 
time before the rest of our lives. If one is lucky, there is a certain 
magic about such a time. There was that magic at Sweet 
Briar, of course, but St. Andrews worked enchantment 
of a different sort. The world was much larger in those days, and 
the cliffs above the North Sea were very far indeed from the fields 
and pastures of Central Texas, even from the Blue Ridge Mountains. 
The distance was measured not merely in miles but in time. 1 was 
privileged to pay my first visit to the Old World when it still seemed 
old. which it assuredly does not today, and to make it in a place 
sufficiently removed from the traffic of the world and so tTlled with a 
sense of its own history that in some marvelous, indefinable way we 
inhabited the past there even as we contemplated the possibilities of 
our ow n mysterious futures. As we all knew. St. Andrews was full of 
ghosts, and surely we in our red gowns were descendants of some of 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine ' 

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2006-07 Academic Year 
at St. Andrews University, 


■"I'm never going to eat another potato as long as I li\e."" I told my 
parents and friends vehemently after returning home from a year of 
studying abroad at the University of St. Andrews. Whenever anyone 
asked my mother how I liked studying in Scotland, she always 
explained that the only thing I complained about was the food. After a 
year of dealing w ith the unexpected in unfamiliar countries, I have to 
admit that my experience was astonishingly positive. 

When I went out for dinner on the weekends, a welcome break 
from the unrecognizable hall food, the people and their lifestyles 
gradually came to interest me more and more. One instance in 
particular struck me: a snow-capped old lady brought her West 

Highland White Terrier into a pub. The 
little dog was dressed in a tartan blanket. 
The lady ordered a bowl of soup for 
herself and water, which she shared with 
her Westie. To me, they represented an 
unfamiliar existence, one of simplicity, 
modesty, and class without flamboyance. 
A small-town, Scottish feeling radiated 
from her; watching her, I felt as though I 
was part of a painting that had suddenly 
come to life. 

The people of the town shaped my 
experience. Heading over to Scotland, 
I had very little knowledge of what to 
expect; however, I imagined kind, welcoming Scots with a distinct 
accent and a proud culture. I knew that St. Andrews was 
an international university, but I never v/ould have 
guessed that my close group of friends would be from 
all over the world. I was also surprised to find a large number 
of American students in the town, either studying abroad like me 
or spending all four years there. At first. I was a little dismayed at 
how many Americans were in the town and on my hall, but as 1 got 
to know them, I discovered how wonderful it was to go through 
new, challenging experiences with people who shared a similar 
background. Nevertheless, I certainly did not find that the Americans 
were the only people I could relate to. 1 quickly discovered how 
similar my goals and dreams were to those of my foreign friends, 
even our sense of humor and tastes in music and movies were very 
much alike. The conscious or subconscious stereotypes 1 formed 
about people from other cultures before leaving America rarely held 
true; my year abroad forced me to evaluate individuals as individuals. 
For me, the most valuable part of my time overseas was meeting 
people and learning just by living a different lifestyle. By interacting 
with people from all over, 1 became aware and deeply interested in 
global issues, ideas, and lifestyles that had never been of personal 
concern before. Busy with social activities and classes, 1 wasn't 
able to fully realize that each day I spent in Scotland brought about 
personal growth. Reflecting on the year, I now recognize some of the 
drastic changes (I'm sure more are still manifesting) in myself Some 
trivial, like swearing never to eat another potato, but others of vital 
importance to me now, like my perspective, immediate interests, and 
acceptance of other peoples and cultures. 

Kate Beach in 

St. Andrews, Scotland 

Joining the 
Peace Corps at 73 


While 1 was having breakfast on 
a wintry day after Christmas, 
it occurred to me that I eat the 
same thing every morning. 
That's all right because 1 
like scrambled eggs, but it 
made me wonder if my life 
was in a rut. For the record, I 
graduated from SBC in 1955 
as chemistry major. Next, 
I earned a master's degree 
in chemistry from Tulane 
University and in 1963 received 
a Ph. D. in chemistry from the 
University of Virginia. 1 worked 
as an associate professor at 
Longwood University for a few 
years, and then went to the FBI 
in Washington D.C., where I 
ended up planning, designing, 
and eventually creating a 
research laboratory. I married 
and moved to Charlottesville, 
VA, where I worked in a 
civilian capacity for the Army 
as a chemical warfare analyst. 
Since retirement in 1994, I've 
done some volunteering at a 
Siamese Cat Rescue Shelter, 
discovered rock climbing, 
learned to hitch and drive a 
team of four Belgian horses, 
and done some reading for the 
local Recording for the Blind 
and Dyslexic organization. 
A magazine I saw in the 
doctor's office mentioned 

a fairly common malady 
encountered by people my 
age: "Early-Onset Old Lady." 1 
certainly did not want to catch 
that! Less than a week later, 1 
filled out an online application 
to join the Peace Corps. That 
was New Year's Day. I hadn't 
researched the Peace Corps, 
but I knew it offered adventure 
and a chance to do good in 
the world. 1 had to give it a try. 
The three months that followed 
my application submission gave 
me the time 1 needed to think 
about my decision. 

As it turns out, boredom 
wasn't the only reason I chose 
the Peace Corps. I couldn't 
resist the combination of 
a great adventure and an 
opportunity to give bock 
some of the good that has 
been bestowed on me. Fve 
always felt a little guilty about 
the full scholarship that Sweet 
Briar gave to me. In effect, it 
was a totally free education, 
and I never felt that I deserved 
it, although I was certainly 
grateful. Now, it's time to give 
back part of that gift, and I 
hope that in some way I can be 
helpful to the students I'll work 
with in South Africa. Over the 
years. I've been blessed with 
occasions of undeserved good 

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experiences. I need to slrelch 
myself before it's too late. I 
travel a lot, always in a bubble, 
on a tour with everything 
taken care of for me. As part 
of the Peace Corps. I will learn 
a country, get to know the 
people (I might even learn how 
to speak Afrikaans!), and live a 
new life. One of my friemls has 
a mantra for any project: "Have 
Fun! Try Hard! And Do Good!" 
I have now adopted it for ni\ 
ow n. 

Determined though I 
was, my enthusiasm dropped 
when the Peace Corps 
informed me that 1 was to go 
to South Africa as a Resource 
Volunteer in Primary School 
Teacher Training. The 
South Africa part was all 
right, but teacher training? 
Tve never darkened the door 
of an education class. I've 
taught students of college age, 
but never younger. I don"t 
know a thing about primary- 
school teaching, either in 
theory or from experience. I 
don't even know much about 
young children. That was when 
my Sweet Briar experience 
stepped in and bailed me out. I 
thought of President Anne Gary 
Pannell telling us about "the 
liberating arts." "You can handle 
anything." she said, "with a 
Sweet Briar degree. We're not 
teaching you a trade; we're 
teaching you how to use your 
minds. With a liberal arts 
education you can do anything." 
Well, maybe she was right. 
Maybe I am well prepared, and 
I'm giv ing this a try. Sweet Briar 
gave me, in every sense of the 
word, a good education. It's time 
for me to prove IVlrs. Pannell 
right and give to other people. 

I keep promising myself that 
one day I'll learn to cook, but 
that will have to v\ ait for a few 
years now. At this point I'm 
busy trying to figure out how 
to pack for two years in just 
two suitcases. 

Dr. Greene left the country 
for South Africa July 15. 2007. 
and is teaching primary school 
children and training teachers. 

International Student 
Fulfils Dreams at Sweet Briar 


Puerto Lope/. dependiuL; on yoiu' perspective, is 
a Nmall tounsi low n or a large fishing \ illage on 
the coast of soiilhern Manabi. l-cuador. The sight 
of its green hills leading down to the bay and the 
great blue'sca open before me has never failed to 
lake my breath away. Although 1 have lived several 
years in Somerset. England. I spent most of my 
life here. In these last few years 1 have witnessed 
this \ illage transform from a remote little town 
to a tourist attraction that receives thousands of 
\ isitors each year. Though there may be more 
beautiful untouched beaches and places of greater 
opportunity. Puerto Lopez has something imlike 
any other place that has made me call it "home" 
all my life. 1 believe that perhaps when my mother 
brought me there as a baby, she took me up to one 
of the hilltops and. holding me in her arms, showed 
me the village on a glorious day when the sun 
shimmered on the ocean. Seeing it in this beautiful 
splendour. 1 fell in love at first sight. That is the 
way 1 explain the "something" that exists between 
me and my little village, something that 1 have not 
felt living anywhere else — that is, until 1 arrived at 
Sweet Briar College. 

My earliest memories are of nature walks with 
my mother, Deirdre Piatt '83, an ecologist. She is 
the reason I applied to Sweet Briar, not because 
she first mentioned my studies there, but because 
on these nature walks she would often state how 
the view reminded her of Virginia. In my mind, 1 
created an image of this beautiful place where my 
mother was most happy. 1 was in primary school 
in England when 1 first told a classmate that I was 
going to study in Virginia, and since then, although 
I knew little about the College, it became a dream I 
wanted to fulfil. 

Another dream 1 had at a young age was to 
become an actress. However, as many little girls 
want to be actresses, singers, or dancers, my family 
believed I would grow out of it. As the years passed 
it was still my desire, and I kept busy writing 
scripts and creating little performances with my 
sister Caelia. using string puppets when there were 
too many parts for the two of us. Maybe all little 
girls do that, but I never grew out of it. When asked 
what I wanted to be I would answer: an actress, 
author, and artist. After many people laughed or 
scoffed at my dreams. 1 began to say that 1 wanted 
to be a journalist. I majored in Social Studies in 
high school and kept my relatives satisfied. I could 
not stand how so many looked dovv n upon the arts. 
They would say that I was the best student in my 
class and was going to waste my talent studying 
film. After I graduated, people began to ask me 
again what I was going to do. so I told them all that 

I was applying to Sweet Briar College, and that I 
was stubbornly ilelermined to follow my dreams. 
Currently. I am planning to customi/e my own 
major uniting Theatre and Film and later continue 
to pursue Film studies and acting. 

When I was twelve, my aspirations seemed no 
more than dreams. After those 6 years in F.ngland. 
my family returned to Ecuador. I was united w ith 
my beach in Puerto Lopez for a year, but the lack of 
good education in the village required me to study 
in the capital, Quito, where I would also be close 
to my Ecuadorean family who live there. After 1 
graduated in June 2006, 1 completed the college 
application process and a few months later was 
accepted at SBC. 1 entered midyear because 1 could 
not complete my documents in time for fall 2006, 
and 1 did not want to wait until fall 2007. 

Mid-January 2007, while the plane descended 
upon Charlottesville Airport, my anxious and 
excited eyes peeped from the window and admired 
the sights and colours of a country 1 had not yet 
explored, because, though I am an American 
citizen, 1 had never lived in the United States. 
Wide-eyed, I saw the beauty in the browns and 
purples of the land and the famous Blue Ridge 
Mountains that crowned the landscape and united 
with the sky. 1 fell in love with Sweet Briar, 
overcame my initial struggles due to my native 
language being Spanish, and learned to cope with 
the work and little hours of sleep. From my 
first day, I was enchanted by everyone's 
helpful attitude, and I v/ill be one of so 
many to thank Sweet Briar for being such 
a warm and charming community. Out 
of all the gifts this College has to give, I 
believe this is the most precious. 

Now, on summer holidays in Ecuador, I feel a 
slight sadness that I had never felt in Puerto Lopez 
before; it is not that this place has lost its magic, but 
that I have found the peace and beauty somew here 
else as well. 1 now call Sweet Briar College a home. 

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Fall 2007 ' 

Can Trade Save the Wild Tiger? 


The luiiiuiii race's prospects of 
survival were considerably better 
when we were defenseless against 
tigers than they are today when 
we have become defenseless 
against ourselves. 
— Arnold Toynbee 

i In July, Dr. Robert Alexander. 
3 Sweet Briar associate professor 
? of Environmental Studies, was 
> in\ ited by llie Chinese ao\ern- 
Q ment to attend a workshop and 
S' conference on tiger conservation 
■» as their guest. The conference 
- was called The International 
Workshop on Strategies for Tiger 
Conservation, but was actually 
more narrowly focused on the 
issue of trade in tiger products. 

All tigers are protected under 
an international treaty called 
the Con\'ention on International 
Trade in Endangered Species of 
Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). 
This protection means that no 
country that is a party to the 
treaty (currently 172 countries, 
including the United States and 
China) can ship or receive any 

product that contains parts of an 
animal listed in its Appendix I, 
such as the tiger. Popular use of 
tiger parts in Asia include using 
the skins as decoration and the 
bone for traditional Chinese 

Although international 
trade is prohibited, the CITES 
agreement places no restriction 
on domestic trade in listed 
animals, so if an animal is taken 
within a particular country, there 
is no prohibition against the sale 
of that animal, or its parts, within 
the country. Nevertheless, many 
countries pass their own laws 
protecting species from such 
domestic trade, and China did 
that in 1993 by prohibiting the 
sale of any item containing tiger 

The current issue arises from 
pressure inside China to revise 
that law to allow for the captive 
breeding of tigers and the harvest 
and sale of tiger products for 
traditional Chinese medicine. 
China has several successful 
captive breeding facilities of 
tigers and they argue that they 
can supply the market completely 
with captive-bred animals and so 
should be allowed to do so. 

This has created an uproar 
within the conservation 
community. Traditional wisdom 
holds that a ban on trade in 
a species protects it from 
extinction, but new evidence 
suggests that it may actually 
work against conservation 
efforts. Numbers of wild tigers 
continue to decline even with the 
trade ban in place, so the current 
systern is not working. Some 
believe that a captive-bred market 
will decrease poaching of wild 
tigers by providing a legal market 

Holly Wilmeth 

the World through Her Lens 


Since she was a little girl. Holly Wilmeth 
had always dreamed of taking photographs 
for a living, but photography never seemed 
like a realistic profession for her. As a 
farmer's daughter in Guatemala, the Central 
American jungle and her own agricultural 
backyard provided a colorful palette for her 
imagination, yet she had little exposure to the 
world of professional art. It wasn't until she 
came to Sweet Briar that her interests in art 
and photography grew into a great passion 
and, when coupled with her childhood 
experience, she developed an artistic 

sensibility full of compassion, simplicity, 
and curiosity that now takes her all over the 

In 1996, Holly's enrollment at Sweet Briar 
changed her perspective. A family friend, 
Alice Perry Park '65, also from Guatemala, 
told her about the College. Despite Holly's 
initial aversion to attending a rural women's 
college, she now admits that it was "in 
certain ways, the perfect place for me." 
At Sweet Briar, Holly was able to receive 
individual instruction from professors in a 
peaceful en\ ironment where she refined her 
English and learned more about American 
and other cultures. "Sweet Briar gave me the 
opportunity for great communication and 
friendships with professors," says Holly. "I 
felt that as long as I wanted to push myself, 
1 could learn as much as I could fit into my 

Holly's most influential mentor was 
Assistant Professor of Studio Art Paige 
Critcher. Professor Critcher was practicing 
her own photography in Seville, Spain at the 
same time that Holly was attending the JYS 
program. They met there, and Holly began 
to understand the meaning of being a true 
photographer: the inspiration, the creativity, 
the discipline, and the limitless possibilities 
for disco\ery. When taking Professor 
Critcher's class at Sweet Briar during her 
senior year. Holly realized that her passion 

for the visual was more than a hobby; she 
was soon after deterinined to become a full- 
time photographer. 

In spring 2000, Holly graduated with 
degrees in International Affairs, Spanish, and 
German; she would later become proficient 
in Italian and Japanese. After graduation, she 
spent two years in Japan teaching English 
and cultural diversity to rural communities. 
In 2003, Holly returned to the United States 
in order to follow her vocation; she attended 
the SALT Institute for Documentary Studies 
in Portland, Maine, and worked at Aurora 
Stock Agency, the same company that now 
sells her photographs. Holly has traveled to 
over 45 countries including much of Asia, 
exploring the world through her camera. The 
images tell of her great ability to blend into a 
foreign culture and celebrate it. 

Today, Holly works as a freelance 
documentary photographer and 
photojournaiist. As a freelancer. Holly lives 
on the edge, ne\cr knowing for certain where 
her next photography shoot will take her. 
Uncertainty is a challenge in itself, yet it 
brings about many possibilities. She says: 
"The photography I lo\e to do, documentary 
photography, is fulfilling for me because it's 
like being in a real world classroom. What I 
photograph, the people 1 photograph, always 
teach me something new. inspire me, and 
make me want to tell more and more about 

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lor ligcr piiuliicls. Il'lhis is tlK' 
c;iso, ilicn a legal maikci in tiger 
priKliicts woiikl help u iUI tigers. 
Others helie\e the estahlishiiient 
ol'sueh a market will increase 
poaching as black market 
operators see an opportunits to 
exploit the new market. H'this is 
the case, then opening this market 
could lead to the complete loss 
of some w iki tiger populations. 
The slakes are high and the 
ontconie imcertani, so the issue 
is e\trcmcl\ contentious. The 
Chinese government has \owed 
not to allow such a market to be 
established unless they ha\e clear 
e\ idence that it will not ad\ersel\ 
alTeet w ild popidations. 

This is the context w ithiii 
w hich Dr. Alexander w as 
ins ited to participate by the 
State Forcstr\ .Administration 
ofChina as one of tour w ildlil'e 
economists brought in to address 
the question of how opening a 
domestic market in tiger products 

might alTect poaching ol'wild 
tiger populations. The other 
economists came trom New 
/ealand. South .M'rica. and linlia. 

"Tt was an honor to be 
asked," Dr. Alexander said. 
"You present research 
and publish journal 
articles, but you seldom 
get an opportunity to 
directly affect important 
conservcitibn decisions." 
Dr. Alexander's research has 
tspically focused on African 
w ildlifc. In .lune, he went to 
South Africa to further his work 
on the economics of African wild 
dog conser\ ation. 

While tigers have not been 
on his agenda before, the 
mathematical models he has 
created may be designed to 
work with any species. "If you 
ha\e the data, the models can 
tell you whether the economic 
incentives will favor increased 
or decreased poaching of a 

species. Linlortuiiately, one of 
the problems with tigers is that 
we lia\e \cry little data. We may 
have to address this question 
with different types of models, 
or we may have to use a different 
approach altogether." 

Dr. Alexander acknowledges 
that the issue is a difficult one for 
him personally. "In our culture 
the concept of raising tigers for 
harvest is distasteful, and I am 
no exception to that. Yet this is 
a cultural bias Hindus react 
similarly to our eating cows and 
not the real issue. The important 
issue is the fate of tigers in the 
wild. This may help wild tigers 
and it may hurt them; it is critical 
that we figure out which of these 
is most likely before the Chinese 
government makes a decision." 

While no concensus was 
reached at this workshop, the 
issues were clearly defined and 
plans were set for beginning the 
research. "The workshop was 

broadl> attended by government 
representatives from a variety 
of countries, members of tiger 
conservation groups, and experts 
in ecology and economics. The 
next step is for the economists 
to develop a working plan for 
the research that will address 
this question." Dr. Alexander 
einphasizes, "As consultants, our 
role is to give the best answer we 
can to this difficult question — not 
to tell the government officials 
what they want to hear. The 
hardest part is siill ahead." 

the world." Photography is, according to 
Holly, a way of satisfying her curiosity about 
life. Holly's striking, colorful photos focus on 
marginalized people and cultures throughout 
the world, especially in Latin America and 
.Asia. While revealing their struggles, she 
tells another side of their story and captures 
incredible optimism and joy within their 
everyday lives. 

Holly's work has been published in 
well-known magazines including: National 
Geographic Adventure, Houston Chronicle, 
Contexts Magazine, CARE, PBX. Christian 
Science Monitor. Flak Magazine. Blueeyes 
Magazine, FOTO Poland, and Time 
Magazine. She still claims that she is "just 

starting out" and finds the market incredibl> 
small and highly competitive with many 
talented photographers. In order to keep 
working on her own projects. Holly works for 
other artists. An apprenticeship with tintype 
photographer Robb Kendrick brought her 
to San Miguel de Allende. Mexico. Though 
Holly "fell in love with the place" and is 
settling there, she still travels all over the 
world with her camera. Recently, she was 
invited by the China Photo Press Association 
to spend two weeks in China, and from there 
she hopped to Europe for further adventure. 

Holly wants to continue working as a 
freelancer, but hopes to eventually be rid 
of the financial pressure that comes along 

w ith it. In the future, she would like to 
teach photography to children in Mexico or 
Guatemala. "I believe that growing up in a 
Third World country was a privilege. 1 came 
from a family that gave me everything I 
needed and encouraged me to become who 
1 am today, but at the same time, instilled 
in me a desire to give to those with fewer 
resources." As an instructor. Holly would be 
able to share her talent for expression and the 
world view she developed on her travels and 
as a student at Sweet Briar. 

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Sweet Briar's 98th 



MAY 12, 2007 

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2007 Graduates 
Photo © David Abrams 

On Saturday, May 12, 2007, Sweet Briar celebrated its 98th 
Commencement, graduatmg 103 young women from 22 states and 
two countiies, Senegal and Morocco. Sweet Briar conferred Master 

ojArts m Teaching (MAT.) degrees to six ambitious women. 

On Saturda\-. Ma\- 12. 2007. Sweet Briar celebrated its 98th 
Commencement graduating 103 young women frorn 22 states and 
2 countries. Senegal and Morocco. Sweet Briar conferred Master of 
Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) degrees to six ambitious w omen. 

Commencement exercises began with a moment of silence to 
honor those who died in the recent Virginia Tech tragedy. U.S. 
Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao delivered an encouraging speech 
regarding the employment environment that our graduates will 
enter. According to her statistics and remarks, the job market is 
healthy, and the number of women to complete higher education is 
experiencing phenomenal grow th. As hats flew and music sounded, 
the Class of 2007 crossed the threshold into the workforce with a 
promising future. 

We are pleased to announce that the College conferred its fifth 
honorar>' degree during Commencement to Elaine Chao. President 
Muhlenfeld remarked that Elaine "is our nation's 24th Secretary 
ot Labor and the first Asian American w onian appointed to a 
President's Cabinet in U.S. History. She has made an indelible 
mark on one of our countr>"s greatest assets — the more than 150 
million men and women who make up the country's workforce. In 
their hands rest our nation's economic prosperity. And. in her hands 
rests the dut}' to safeguard their health, safety, retirement, security, 
and competiti\ eness." She was awarded w ith the degree. Doctor of 
Public Ser\ ice. honoris causa. To further celebrate her contributions 
to public ser\'ice. Chao was also awarded the Center for Civic 
Renewal Award. 

• Fall 2007 

Sweel Briar College Alumnoe Mogozine • 


U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao speaks 
of Commencement 2007 

All photos © David Abroms excepi as noted. 


The Emilie Watts McVea Scholar 

riic liiglicsl-iimkmg n)L'inhi.T (il llic 

Class of 20(17. 

Jciiiii/cr l.cii;li SiiDinicr/'u'lJ. ( Vo.s.s l.iiiics. Ill' 

The Presidential Medalist 

The Presidential Medal recognizes seniors who 

have a range of accomplishments comparable 

to those associated with candidates lor Rhodes, 

Marshall, or Truinan scholarships. Avvardees 

nuist ha\'e demonstrated exemplar\' intellectual 


Christina Shaheen Moosa, Chesapeake. VA 

The Penelope Lane Czarra Av/ard 

This award honors the senior who best 
combines scholastic achievement, student 
leadership, and effective contributions to the 
quality of life at the College. 
Eleanor Rose O 'Connor Belmont. NC 

The Connie M. Guion Award 

This is gi\en to a senior for her excellence as a 
human being and as a member of the College. 
Laura Jane Schaefer Emmaiis. PA 
Rebecca Lynn Teacher. Amherst. VA 

The Walker Family Award 

This award honors a senior with high 
scholastic standing who has a cheerful, 
positive disposition and shows warmth, 
generosity, and humility. 
Heidi Lynn Trude. IVarrenton. VA 

The Judith Molinar Elkins Prize 

I he lamdN of the late I'rolessor Judith 
ITkins established a prize to recognize 
the outstanding achievement of a senior 
majoring in the mathematical, physical, or 
biological sciences, actively participating in 
the College community, and demonstrating 
the ideals and dedication to learning 
e.xemplilled by the life of Professor Elkins. 
A>/.v<?i' Erin Jeffers. Falls Church. VA 
.Jennifer l.eiiih Summerfiehl. Cross Lanes. WV 

The Alpha Lamda Delta Award 

Jennifer Leiiih Siiinincrficlcl. Cross Lanes. WV 

American Association of University 

Melissa She I ton. .4rrington. I A 
Rebecca Lynn Teaehey. Amherst. VA 

The Marcio Capron Award for 
Excellence in French 

Maggie Elizalwih Bell Savior Bluffton. Ofi 

The Juliet Halliburton Davis 
Environmental Studies Award 

Laura .Jane Schaefer Emmaus. PA 

The Delta Kappa Gamma Society 
International Outstanding Scholar 
Education Award 

Danielle Catherine Dionne. Potomac Falls. VA 


Rebecca Teaehey '07 with Aunt Lola Bailey '95 and Aunt 
Bonnie Seitz '01 

Mary Pertie '07 with Aunt Mary Marco '69 Jessica Poore '07 and sister Michelle 

Poore '04 

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Fall 2007 • 23 


Professor of 
Daniel Gottlieb, 
Recipient of the 
2007 Excellence 
in Teaching 
Award from the 
AcacJemic Affairs 

Associate Dean, Co-Curricuior Life Kelly Kraft 
Meyer (above), and Chaplain Adam White 
(middle), recipients of the Shirley P. Reid 
Excellence in Service Award from the Student 
Government Association. 

The Goethe-lnstitut Buchpreis 

CIciire Elvce Bryan. Cliesii/)ciikL'. IM 

The Kathryn Haw Prize in Art History 

Iaiciiii Sung. Gcnihershiirg. MD 

The James Lewis Howe Award in 

Erica Cane Kennedy, Nashville, TN 

L' Alliance Francaise de Lynchburg 

Caitlin Sara Han-ey, Wellesley, MA 

The Mathematical Sciences Award 

Jessica L. Poors, Pulaski, VA 

The Jessica Steinbrenner Molloy Av/ard 
in Theater Arts 

Caillin Elizabeth Casliln. Montclair, VA 

The Lawrence G. Nelson Award for 
Excellence in English 

Shuvonnc Wei- Ming Clarke, Manassas, VA 
Rachel Elena Reynolds, Bethesda, MD 

The Pauline Roberts Otis Award in 

Maggie Elizabeth Bell Saylor Bliiffton. OH 

The W. Ed>vard Overly Award in 

Marissa Virginia Wikes, Fairfax, VA 

The Lucile Barrow Turner Award 

Caitlin Elizabeth Cashin. Muntclair, VA 


Megen Anne Blaesing, Hurt, VA 
Shavonne Wei-Ming Clarke, Manassas, VA 
Kendra Elyse Hawkins, Johnson Cit}; TX 
Sarah Rose Kindschuh, Portland, OR 
Christina Shaheen Moosa, Chesapeake, VA 
Anne Katherine Proctor Everett, WA 
Natalie Amelia Pye, Atlanta, GA 
Rachel Elena Reynolds, Bethesda, MD 
Maggie Elizabeth Bell Saylor Bluffton. OH 
Laura Jane Schaefer, Emmaus, PA 
Jennifer Leigh Sumtnei field. Cross Lanes, WV 
Laeun Sung. Gaithersville, MD 
Rebecca Lynn Teachey. Amherst, VA 
Marissa Virginia IVikes, Fairfax, VA 


Elizabeth Caitlin Ashley, Saint Albans, WV 
Amanda Cash Browning, Shipman, VA 
Jennifer Linn Dick, Staunton, VA 
Stephanie Anne Giles, Colleen, VA 
Caitlin Sara HaiTey. Wellesley, MA 
Laura Renea Kanusek, Prince George, VA 
Natalie Amelia Pye, Atlanta. GA 
Rachel Elena Reynolds, Bethesda, MD 
Morgan Lorraine Roach, Jeffersonton, VA 
Laura Jane Schaefer Emmaus, PA 
Brandy May Stinnette, Madison Heights. VA 
Emilv Collins Wilev, lemon. NJ 


Morgan Roach '07 with sister Ryan 
Roach '10 

Megen Blaesing '07 with sister 
Kristen Blaesing '1 1 

April Miller '07 with sister Madge Elizabeth Miller '98 

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Sweet Briar College Alumnae Mogozine • 



Megcii AiiiiL' Blacsiiig. I Inn. I A 
Sluiwnih' H'ei-Ming Clarke. Maiuissas. I 'A 
Maricnic Diop. Ddkni: Sciicgiil 
Saruh Elizuhclh Giirllcr. Liihusicr. PA 
Kendra Elyse Hawkins. Johnson C'iiy. 7.\ 
Kclscy Erin .Icffcrs. Falls Church. I A 
Sarah Rose Kindschuh. Poriland. OR 
Jes.'iica Erin Lconardi. Fori ll'iishinglon. MD 
Irene Marie Carrell Miishmik. Lakeland. FL 
Eleanor Rose O 'Connor Belmont. NC 
Jessica Leigh Poore. Pulaski. I 'I 
Anne Katherine Procior Evereir. ilA 
.Maggie Elizabeth Bell Savior BluJ/ion, OH 
Betty Caroline Skeen. Aiken. SC 
Laeun Sung. Gaiihersville. MD 
Reheeea Lynn Teachey. .4n>herst. I A 
Heidi Lynn Trude, IVarrenton. I A 
Marissa ]'irginia IVikes. Fairjax. VA 


Christina Shaheen Moosa. Chesapeake. \A 
Jennifer Leigh Summerjield, Cross Lanes, 
WV ' 

CLASS OF 2007 

Honors Degree and High Honors in 

Christina Shaheen Moosa. Chesapeake. VA 

Honors Degree end High Honors in 

Natalie Amelia Pve, Atlanta, GA 

Honors Degree and High Honors in 

Rachel Elena Reynolds. Bethesda. Ml) 

Honors Degree and Highest Honors in 
English and Creative Writing 

Shavoiinc Uci-Ming CUirkc. Manassas. lA 

Honors Degree and Highest Honors in 
International Affairs 

.Maggie Elizal'clh Bell Saylor BluJJton. Oil 

Turning Point students Melissa Shelton '07 and 
Karen Summers '07 

Masters of Arts in Teaching graduates, l-r: Tamra Scott '06, Lisa Mollica '06, Gemma Bourgeau '06, 
Victoria Honkins '06, Breanne Leibering '04, Elizabeth Churchill '06 

Allison Shaw Camper '07 with sister Meredith Carlina Muglio '07 with sister Gabriella 

Shaw Hansen '04 Muglia '10 

Jenna Evans '02 with sister Kara Evans '07 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magozine • 

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class of 1942: l-r: Ann Morrison Reams, Elizabeth Blackmer Childs, 
Joanne Oberkirk Willis. The Class of 1942 came back as cheerful and 
bright as ever! 


Each class made three announcements at Convocation: 

Reunion Gift to the Annual Fund (RG); 

Class Participation: (PART); 

Photos © David Abroms except as noted. 

Class of 1 947: l-r: Husband Lloyd and Virginia Barron Summer, 
Husband John and Judith Burnett Halsey, Husband Douglas and Sara 
McMullen Lindsey all had a wonderful time at Reunion '07. 

LEFT: Class of 1952 had an outstanding showing ot 14 alumnae and 8 husbands! Dean Jonathan Green and his >wife Lynn Buck hosted a fantastic 
dinner for the post 50th classes that was enjoyed by all at the Elston Inn and Conference Center. 

56 • Foil 2007 

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Class of 1 957 gathers to celebrate their 50th— Their Best Ever! 

1 957 won the Nancy Dowd 
Burton Avjard for the largest 
Reunion Gift (after their bon- 
ner was printed, additional gifts 
raised the total to $ 618,151.57); 
the Five Year Total Giving Av/ard 
to All Funds ($ 6,962,295); the 
Participation Award for Classes 
Celebrating 25th-50th Reunions 
(87%); and the first Nancy 
Godwin Baldv/in Award (nev/ 
Alumnae Association Award rec- 
ognizing the Highest Percentage 
of Alumnae Attending Reunion in 
that Year (29%). 


The Class of 1962 celebrated their 45th Reunion. 10 alumnae 
and 5 husbands enjoyed a lovely weekend of fellowship. 
RG: $56,031; PART: 60%; TG: $2,514,008. 

. ''"'"^ Cass of (951,,^ '^ ^-^ii^) 

in cover one Dvn 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Mogozme • 

Fall 2007 • 27 


The Class of 1972 celebrated their 35th Reunion 
during which 23 alumnae and 1 husband were able to 
reconnect over picnic fare, outdoor activities, and visits 
to open houses around campus. 
RG: $201,131; PART: 69%; TG: $1,859,626. 

"The class of '67 hod a great time with several members making their first trip 
back to campus in many years. Besides catching up with classmates, golf, riding 
and enjoying the beautiful campus were very popular activities," Diane "Toots" 
Oalton '67. 27 alumnae and 6 husbands celebrated the Class of 1967's 40th 
Reunion. RG: $50,557; PART: 60%; TG: $252,457. 


The Class of 1 977 celebrated a lovely 
30th Reunion. 9 alumnae, 1 husband, 
and 1 alumna daughter spent the 
weekend enjoying wonderful company 
in SBC's beautiful setting. RG: $26,768; 
PART: 53%; TG: $502,979. 

The Class of 1982 celebrated their 25th 
Reunion w/ith wonderful attendance: 32 
alumnae, 5 husbands, and 5 children. 
They shared great memories during a 
special picnic at the Boathouse on Friday 
evening. RG: $30,298; PART: 52%; 
TG: $155,702. 

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Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 


The Class of 1987 won the Participation Award for the class 
with the highest participation in the Sth-20th Reunion group. 
Congratulations 1987! 22 alumnae, 4 husbands, and 6 
children were there to share the fun. RG: $38,454; PART: 52%; 
TG: $440,686. 

At their \ 5th 
Reunion the class of 
1992 enjoyed their 
exciting weekend 
^ith 1 3 alumnae, 
6 husbands, and 8 
children on campus. 
RG: $18,290; PART: 
26%, TG: $193,967. 

"The Class of 1997'5 10th Reunion 
was fantastic! Our attendance 
increased from our 5th year, and 
so many different groups v/ithin 
the class were represented. Many 
of us had not seen each other 
since graduation, but it v^as as if 
we had never left Sweet Briar. I'm 
proud of my classmates, as vi^ell 
as so many of our parents, for 
giving toward our Reunion Gift to 
Sv/eet Briar. The College needs our 
continued support and v/e were 
thrilled to successfully surpass our 
goal! I can't wait to return to SBC 
again, and I thank the campus 
community for its hard work to 
welcome us back home with such 
grace and gusto. Holla holla," 
from Anne MacDonold Carter '97. 
The Class of 1997 hod a wonder- 
ful turnout: 34 alumnae, 14 hus- 
bands, 5 children, and 3 friends! 
Go '97! RG: $17,821; PART: 40%; 
TG: $270,551. 

The Class of 2002 broke 
the 5th Reunion Giving 
record with a contribution 
of $12,647! 18 alumnae, 1 
child, and 1 friend attended. 
PART: 27%; TG $ 1 1 0, 1 53. 

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Nancy's family, l-r: niece Sophie 
Crysler Hart '81 and husband 
Rick Hadley; niece Connie 
Crysler Shofer '78 

Former Admissions Representatives l-r: Ginny Kay Baldwin 
Cox '69; Sandra Taylor '74; Nancy Godwin Baldwin '57; 
Elizabeth Andrews Watts '74 

t is my great pleasure and privilege, as 
President of the Alumnae Association, 
to introduce Nancy Godwin Baldwin 
of the Class of 1957, recipient of the 
2007 Outstanding Alumna Award. 
This award, one of the highest that Sweet 
Briar College can bestow, was founded in 
1968 to recognize alumnae who have given 
outstanding service to the College in a 
volunteer capacity. 

We are delighted to have Nancy's nieces, 
Cannie Crysler Shafer "78 and Sophie 
Ciysler Hart '81 and Sophie's husband Rick 
Hadley here to help celebrate Nancy. 

We also welcome alumnae in non- 
reunion years, colleagues and fi^iends 
who made a special effort to be here 
today to honor Nancy. And of course we 
are delighted that so many of Nancy's 
classmates from the great Class of 1957 are 
present to celebrate their 50th Reunion and 
cheer her on. Will all of you please stand? 
Thank you so vciy much for joining us! 

The 1957 Briar Patch aptly describes 
Nancy as "exuberant, spontaneous, 
individual... Sophisticated Lady... loves 
sweet smells, bubble baths and cats... a girl 
of many talents and interests... versatile... 
the theatre... organized confusion... passion 
for zany literature and festive occasions... 
dynamic wit... magnetic personality... 
creativity flows through ever\' vein... vitality 
plus..."" Boy did they have that right! 

"Outstanding" in every way from her 
student days onward. A drama major at 
Sweet Briar from Petersburg, Virginia, 
Nancy directed her Freshman and Senior 
Shows, served as Sophomore Class 
President; Vice President of the Judicial 
Board: member of the Curriculum 
Committee and Toast Mistress for Junior 

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Sweet Briar College Alumnae Mogozine • 

R;iiK|uct. She was on the Dean's List and 
was eleeteJ to ll'ho'.s li'lio in American 
( 'olk'gcs iind L niversilies. Nancy was also 
a member of the QV.'s; Paint anil Patches, 
and was elected to the Ma\ Court. 

As many of you are aware, we are 
eelehrating the 400th Anniversary of 
Jamestown. \'A. Til het that many of you 
don't know that during her senior year at 
Sweet Briar. Nane> w rote "Lord .letTrey's 
Count)." a pla\ depicting the history of 
Amherst County for the .i50lh celebration 
of .lamestown. The play was performed in 
the West Dell with a cast of o\er 100. 

After graduation, Nancy went to 
Bow ling Green State Uni\ersity in Ohio, 
w here she did graduate work in speech 
and theatre. It was fortunate for us that she 
returned to Virginia, and took a one-year 
position in the Admissions Officer as a 
"traveler," while trying to decide what her 
next ad\enture would be. Little did she 
know then, that her one-year position would 
lead to a lifelong commitment to Sweet 
Briar College. How fortunate for us! 

Nancy sened as Assistant Director of 
.Admissions fi"om 1958-1966 and Director 
of Admissions from 1966-1980. She 
shaped the pool of future leaders for the 
Alumnae Association and the College 
for twenty-two years. Then in 1 986, Ann 
Morrison Reams '42. director of the 
Alumnae Association, asked Nancy to 
serve as editor of the Alumnae Magazine, 
and to sen e on the Alumnae Association 
Board. She has done an exemplary job for 
2 1 years producing what is considered the 
flagship communications vehicle for our 
alumnae constituency. At the same time 
she was ser\ ing as editor. Nancy agreed to 
"help out" for a short period of time in the 
Development OtTice. Once again, a short- 
term commitment led to 20 years of service 
to Sw eet Briar From 1 986 to 2006 she was 
instrumental to the College in maintaining 
close, personal ties with our most generous 

Nancy's generous spirit extends well 
beyond our gates. She has given of her time, 
talent, and resources to St. Catherine's, her 
preparatory school in Richmond, she has 
supported community theatre, and she is an 

Marsha Taylor Norton '76 singing "Wind Beneath My Wings," a surprise tribute to Nancy. 

avid supporter of the Humane Society of 
Amherst County, to name a few. 

For Sweet Briar, Nancy has been an 
active member of the Amherst Alumnae 
Club, served on her Class Reunion Gifts 
Committee, and sold flower bulbs for Sweet 
Briar to support student scholarships. She 
loves to travel and was called upon to host 
two Sweet Briar Alumnae Association 
tours. Nancy served on the Centennial 
Awards Committee to select the outstanding 
members of the Sweet Briar comtnunity 
during the College's first hundred years. 
She has demonstrated her cominitment to 
the future of the College as a member of 
The Silver Rose Society and as a member 
of The Williains Associates, having named 
Sweet Briar in her will. 

I would be remiss in talking about 
Nancy's gifts to Sweet Briar without 
mentioning her husband Tom. Tom and 
Nancy were partners in their support of 
Sweet Briar Tom Baldwin was an excellent 
Sweet Briar husband, supporting Nancy 
in her professional and volunteer roles for 
the College. Together, they took an active 
interest in helping students transition from 
home to college. Many a Sunday evening 
was spent entertaining groups of students 
at their home for Sunday suppers. They 
sponsored classes and extended their 
hospitality to countless members of faculty 
and staff as well. 

Nancy, through your excellent work, we 
have a stronger and more vibrant Alumnae 

Association composed of women you 
saw promise in. We also have a first rate 
magazine which has led the way in keeping 
the lines of communication open between 
the College and her alumnae. On May 4th at 
the Community Reception honoring Nancy, 
President Muhlenfeld said that through 
Nancy's work in Admissions, shaping the 
future pool of the Alumnae Association, 
and her work with the Alumnae Magazine, 
our chief communication vehicle, it is quite 
possible that Nancy has had the greatest 
positive impact on our Alumnae Association 
of any other person in Sweet Briar's history. 
Thank you for dedicating yourself to making 
Sweet Briar College the best it can be. 

On June 30. 2007, Nancy will retire 
from Sweet Briar College. The Alumnae 
Association has established a new award, 
which will be presented for the first time 
today. It is an award that recognizes 
the class with the highest percentage of 
alumnae attending Reunion in that year The 
award is named the Nancy Godwin Baldwin 
Reunion Attendance Award. 

To quote Nancy, "I always say. shortly 
after 1 was bom, 1 turned right and came 
here." We thank you, Nancy, for making 
that turn. We thank you for the dedication, 
loyalty, and love you give to e\ erything 
you have done and continue to do for Sweet 
Briar College. We are so proud of you and 
we applaud you! You ha\e earned the rose, 
over and over again! 

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Fall 2007* 31 


1 968 SBC's first graduates, Class of 
1910: Anne Cumnock Miller*; 
Eugenia Griffin Burnett*; Louise 
Hooper Ewell*; Frances Murrell 
Rickards*; Annie Powell Hodges* 

1969 Edna Lee Gilchrist '26* 

1970 Gladys Wester Horton '30 

1971 Mary Huntington Harrison '30* 

1972 Pfioebe Rowe Peters '31 * 

1973 EditfiDurrellMarsfiall'21* 

1974 Florence Freeman Fowler '19* and 
Helen H. McMahon '23* 

1975 Elizabetfi Prescott Balch '28* 

1976 Juliet Halliburton Burnett Davis '35 

1 977 Martha von Briesen '3 1 * and 
Jacquelyn Strickland Dwells '35* 

1978 Dorothy Nicholson Tate '38* 

1979 Martha Lou Lemmon Stohlman '34 

1980 Dale Hutter Harris '53 

1981 Ann Marshall Whitley '47 

1982 Preston Hodges Hill '49 

1983 Mary Elizabeth Doucett Neill '41 

1984 Nancy Dowd Burton '46* and 
Jane Roseberry Ewald Tolleson '52 

1985 Julia Sadler de Coligny '34* 

1 986 Adelaide Boze Glascock '40 and 
Sarah Adams Bush '43* 

1987 Julia Gray Saunders Michoux '39 

1988 Evelyn Dillard Grones '45* 

1 989 Anne Noyes Awtrey Lewis '43 and 
Catharine Fitzgerald Booker '47* 

1 990 Margaret Sheffield Martin '48 

1991 Sara Shallenberger Brown '32 

1992 Catherine Bornett Brown '49 

1993 Ann Samford LJpchurch '48* 

1 994 Clare Newman Blonchard '60 and 
Mildred Newman Thayer '61 

1 995 Helen Murchison Lone '46 and 
Adeline Jones Voorhees '46 

1 996 Alice Cary Farmer Brown '59 

1 997 Julio Mills Jacobsen '45 

1 998 Elizabeth Trueheart Harris '49 

1 999 Allison Stemmons Simon '63 

2000 Sara Finnegan Lycett '61 

2001 Nannette McBurney Crowdus '57 

2002 Elizabeth Bond Wood '34* and 
Ann Morrison Reams '42 

2003 Ethel Ogden Burwell '58 

2004 Elizabeth Smith White '59 

2005 Norma Patteson Mills '60 

2006 Martha Mansfield Clement '48 

2007 Nancy Godwin Baldwin '57 


Nancy Baldwin Accepts the 2007 Outstanding 
Alumna Award 

Thank you, Linda. 

Hello, Everyone. Welcome Back! 

Since coming back. Reunions have 
always been my favorite Sweet Briar 
occasions. I have only missed one, in 
1958. I returned to start my first "real 
job" in August '58, way past Reunion 

Since then, each one has made happy 
memories. Which reminds me of Bob 
Hope singing "THANKS FOR THE 

On one occasion, he is quoted as 

"I've been on NBC so long the 
peacock was hatched trom an egg I laid." 

I can relate to that! In recent years, 
each Reunion, alumnae of all ages have 
asked: "How long have you been here?" 

I want to set the record straight: I 
wasn 't here to actually meet Indiana 
Fletcher Williams... But I have felt her 

There is something else I want to set 
straight. In early days, and since, some 
misguided sources have termed Sweet 
Briar a "Finishing School." 

WRONG] ! ! ! That was never true. 

The first five graduates in the Class of 
1910 set the pace. They all "went out and 
made a difference." 

Sweet Briar was recognized even then: 
in Februaiy 1 909. Cornell University 
wrote that it would accept Sweet Briar 
graduates in its graduate school. 

Quoting from The Story of Sweet Briar 
College. Volume /, by Dr Martha Lou 
Lemmon Stohlman '34. Ph.D. Cornell: 

In 1913, Nan Powell Hodges 1910 
earned her master's degree from 
Columbia University in one year "with 
no handicaps or concessions." 

Later she "sent a great number of 
well prepared students from the three 
preparatory schools she headed." Early in 
her career, she had been Dean of Women 

at William and Maiy College. (She 
married William T. Hodges, Dean of Men 
at William and Man'.) 

Eugenia Griffin Burnett '10 was 
the first alumna to be elected to Sweet 
Briar's Board of Directors. "When 
she resigned in 1951 after serving 30 
years, all members of the Class of 1 910 
attended the banquet in her honor" 

Louise Hooper Ewell '10 had a long 
career of teaching and social service. 
In 1 953 she was named "The Woman 
of Outstanding Accomplishment" 
in Princess Anne County, VA for 
"distinguished service to humanity 
through her extensive welfare and social 
service work, through education, and 
through all phases of civic betterment." 

And so it went. 

And so it goes: 

This April Dr Virginia Chamblin 
Greene, Class of 1955, Ph.D. UVA, 
Intelligence Analyst Retired, attended a 
reception at Sweet Briar 

She and I were enjoying an update on 
each other and I asked: 

"What are your plans for the 

"Oh," she said, matter-of-factly, "I've 
joined the Peace Corps. I leave in June 
for South Africa." 

If she were here today, she'd be 
celebrating her 52'^" Reunion! Instead, 
she's packing for Africa. 

Sweet Briar grads "make a difference" 
anywhere, any time. 

Today's students are follow ing right 
along... involved in Honors Studies 
one-on-one with faculty mentors; 
studying i~or a semester or a year in 
many parts of the world; interning in 
various businesses, often w ith the help 
of alumnae; doing e.xtraordinai'v research 
for undergraduates, particularly in the 
sciences; curating exhibitions through the 
Arts Management Program... 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 


I siaiui in awi: ol whai tlicN manage 
to acconiplish ni loui' years with the 
guidance of a wry Jiiic lacLilly. 

Sweet Briar has been blessed. 

Just as I know it was in the 11 flics, 
and as it luiil lo be when the College 
vveleonied its Insi siudents. Sweet Briar's 
faeuIlN is made up of indi\iduals who are 
liciv because lhe\ waul lo leach, to lurllier 
their students' interests, talents, academic 
ability to help prepare them for their 
next- and for their //7c7(«;^' cndca\ors. 
Of course they also publish, ser\c on 
numerous committees, continue their ow n 
scholarly pursuits... "All in a day's work!" 

And lhe\ do other things, for fun 
relaxation. If you have time this trip, 
go take a look at the Community 
Garden where faculty and stafTgrow an 
abimdancc of all kinds of vegetables. It's 
worth seeing. 

Over the years, alumnae here for a few 
days, away from their busy lives, have 
said, wistfully: "It must be wonderful to 
be in this beautiflil, peace//// place every 

Yes. Undeniably beautiful. 
"Peaceful?" Yes — when time allows! 

And it is wonderfijl to be here. I 
appreciate that — 1 live here. 

But day-to-day life on these gorgeous 
acres does not move slowly. 

Sweet Briar is a vibrant community. 
Every day brings new challenges and 
poses new possibilities. 

Everything hasn't, and doesn't, come 
up roses. There have been hard times and 
tough decisions. Mistakes happen. Things 
go awry as they do everywhere else. 

But the late J. Wilson Newman, former 
Chairman of the Board during the 
sixties, to whom this College owes a 
great deal, said something 
during a Convocation 
years ago that I have 

"There's something special about 
Sweet Briar There always has been." he 

1 agree. 

Watching and being part of the ongoing 
campus life has been a privilege for which 
1 am grateful. 

■ 1 am also grateful [o yon and to your 

1 am grateful that Sweet Briar has 
all ol'you to depend upon: 

-For your love of the place 

-For your ongoing efforts to keep 
it strong by helping the Admissions 
Office identify prospective students 
who will take advantage of what the 
College has to give 

-And for your appreciation of what it 
is and what it can be — now, and far 
into the future. 

Sweet Briar remains at the 
top, in great measure because 
of you, card-carrying, interested 

You are ^^Outstanding" ! 




Nancy B's Travels through SBC 
History Leave Indelible [egacy 


Nancy Baldwin's hand print on the College is undeniable. She served as 
assistant director of admissions (1958-66) at Sweet Briar, director of 
admissions (1966-80), and editor of the Alumnae Magazine (1986- 
present). During that time, she also agreed to "temporarily" work part time 
in development — for about 20 years. Her association with Sweet Briar spans 54 years. 

"Nancy shaped the future of Sweet Briar in many ways through the students she's 
admitted," said Louise Swiecki Zingaro '80, director of the Alumnae Association. 
"She admitted me." 

Among SBC graduates' accomplishments, Nancy may be proudest of her own 
two nieces, Cannie Crysler Shafer '78 and Sophia "Sophie" Ciysler Hart '81. The 
College's Crysler Award for four-year athletes was named in honor of Shafer, who 
was one of nine charter member inductees of the Sweet Briar College Athletics Hall 
of Fame at Homecoming 2006. 

Undoubtedly, Sweet Briar has shaped Nancy, too. 

"I always say, shortly after I was born, I turned right and came here," said Nancy. 

Some who know Nancy say she is timeless. No one remembers her with a 
different hairstyle. She dresses impeccably, with a keen eye for hip animal-themed 
clothing and jewelry. But she doesn't mind if students today wear pajamas to class or 
let their jeans drag the ground. 

Every generation is its own, and they get the same respect as all that went before. 
That constant evolution is one reason Nancy remained at Sweet Briar. 

"It was endlessly interesting," she said. "Everything that 1 saw happening 
seemed good at the time, some proved good, some proved not so good, but there was 
something going on all the time." 

Nancy was honored during Reunion on May 19, when she received the 2007 
Outstanding Alumna Award for her volunteer service. We are grateful to Nancy for 
being an active part of the College community, and we will miss her. 

Nancy Kleinhans '06 


Nancy Kleinhans '06 
joined the Alumnae 
Office Staff as an 
Assistant Director on 
Monday, July 16, 2007. 
She filled the position 
that was open as a 
result of Paula Kirkland 
Ledbetter's move to the 
Admissions Office. 
Nancy graduated 
from Sweet Briar College 
in May 2006 with a 
B.A. in English. As a 
student she worked in 
the Alumnae Office as 
a Student Assistant and 
Reunion Intern. After 
graduating, she moved to 
Tampa, Florida where she 
worked at Hillsborough 
g" Community College 
1^ as a Writing Assistant 
g and at the Academy 
S of the Holy Names 
as an Advancement 
Administrative Assistant. 

Nancy's major areas 
of responsibility are 
coordinating Reunion, 
the Alumnae Admissions 
Representatives program, 
working with Alumnae 
Club Programs in 
Regions VIII, IX, and X, 
and assisting with our 
Alumnae Magazine. 

Donna Dodd 


Donna Dodd, Assistant 
to the E.xecutive Director 
and Office Manager 
began work on May 2, 
2007, filling the position 
open due to Sandra 
Maddox's retirement. 
Donna worked at Sweet 
Briar from 1997-2006 in 
the Business Office and 
in Purchasing. Her major 
areas of responsibility 
are working with the 
Executive Director on 
Alumnae Board meetings, 
budgets, and general 
office duties. Donna's 
daughter Kelly graduated 
from Sweet Briar in 2001. 

34 . Fall 2007 

Sweet Briar College Alumnoe Magazine • 

A Record Setting Celebration! 


Just as the Annual Fund is integral to the success of the College each year with 
its \ital budget support of all aspects of the Sweet Briar experience, the Reunion 
Gi\ ing program is the cornerstone of the Annual Fund, raising more than SI. I 
million in unrestricted gifts in 2007. Reunion classes are the pacesetters each 
year for the .Annual Fund, and the new Reunion Gi\'ing Recognition Plaque was 
un\cilod at Reunion Weekend in May to honor those classes holding the all-time 
records for unrestricted giving in the ?'" through 50'" reunions. The unveiling was 
truly a time of celebration as three classes, the Classes of 1957, 1972, and 2002, all set 
new records for Reunion Giving in 2007. 

In her remarks at the tnneiling of the new plaque. President Muhlenfeld stated: 
"Records are great to make and e\en better to break. We arc here to celebrate both 
with the un\eiling of this plaque." The plaque is displayed in the Atrium of the 
Student Commons and ser\es as a dail\ reminder to students and others throughout 
the Near of the eonimiiment of Sweet Briar alumnae to the continued excellence of the 

Reunion classes raise the bar on philanthropy at Sweet Briar and are stellar 
examples of the joy of gi\'ing. These record-setting classes have a tradition of giving 
every single year to the Annual Fund. They commit to giving regularly and they 
maintain that commitment. They keep in touch with one another and with the life of 
the College. When their Reunion year arrives, they already have a solid foundation 
upon w hieh to build and a plan in place for achieving ambitious goals with their class 
gifts. They know that supporting Sweet Briar upholds the value of the degree that 
they received — a degree that has equipped them to deal with the 
world confidently, no matter what the> choose to do. 

The Class of 1957 has held many Reunion Giving records 
over the years and set a new gold standard in giving for their SO'" 
Reunion raising more than $617,000 for their class gift. Nannette 
McBiirncy Crowdus. Class of 1957 Giving Chair, explains why 
her class has been so successful: 

"The Class of 1957 is truly amazing, for so many reasons. 
The glue that has held us together all these years is our love for 
Sweet Briar and our appreciation of and devotion to each other. 
These things ha\e manifested themselves in our dedication to lead 
the way in gifts of all kinds: Annual Fund, Silver Rose, Bo.xwood 
Circle, Keystone Society and participation. We are a class of 
donors, past, present and future because we believe in Sweet Briar 
and all it stands for. We have set a fearsome challenge for those 
w ho come behind us. It will be a proud day when our records are 
broken because we showed the way." 

This attitude is a reflection of true Sweet Briar spirit — a 
commitment to doing the \ery best, to taking joy in the challenge, 
and to supporting e\en greater achievement in those women 
who follow. That Sweet Briar spirit echoes in the remarks of Aja 
Gros\enor. Class of 2002 Reunion Giving Chair, upon her class 
setting a new record: 

"The \er>- best thing about this display is that the glass plates 
are removable, and the plaque is meant to change — records, after 
all, are meant to be broken. Our class has a sense of responsibility 
toward Sweet Briar. Members of this class, no matter what we 
ha\e chosen to do w ith our lives, all give of ourselves every day 
in volunteer acti\ ities. Our inspiration to break the old record for 


Alumnae gather around the newly unveiled plaques. 

President Muhlenfeld and alumnae gather in Prothro Dining Hall to 
celebrate the unveiling ceremony of the Reunion Giving plaques. 

giving in a 5'" reunion is an outgrowlh of that. We'll do 

our best to keep the philanthropy going." 

As you and your classmates look forward to your 
next Reunion, remember: set your goals high, have tons 
of fun. and don't worry about hurting anyone's feelings 
when you set a new Reunion Giving record. Those 
classes whose records are broken will be happy to help 
you celebrate your success! 



Class of 1957 



Class of 1 960 



Class of 1964 



Class of 1972 



Class of 1964 



Class of 1972 



Class of 1986 



Class of 1 972 



Class of 1980 



Class of 2002 


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Foil 2007 • 35 

Photo ©Aaron Mahler 


SBC '59 one tenth of the class 

Several members of the Class of 1 959 got 
together for a mini-reunion luncheon this past 
June in Ware Neck, VA. 

Front row; l-r: Mary Blair Scott Valentine, 
Mary "Pic" Payne Hester, Coy Ramey Weimer, 
Mary Ballou Ballentine, Virginia McKethon 
Kitchin, Elizabeth "Betsy" Duke Seaman, 
Elisabeth "Liz" Chambers Burgess 
Back row: Patricia Coxe Ware, Dorothy 
"Dede" Ulf Mayer, Judy Sorley Chambers- 
Simpson, Tabb Thornton Forinholt 

Christian Carr, Assistant Professor 
of Arts Management; 
Director of the Sv/eet Briar Museum 
to Lecture in Richmond, VA 

"Architectural History at VCU; Tiie First 
Decade and a Half," Virginia Commonwealth 
University's Fifteenth Annual Symposium on 
Architectural History and the Decorative 
Arts, will take place on Friday, November, 
16, 2007, at the Virginia Historical Society in 
Richmond, VA. 

Christian Carr, Director of the Sweet Briar 
Museum and Assistant Professor of Arts 
Management, will give a paper on Sweet Briar 
House in the afternoon session. Titled "Palladian 
Plantation, Italianate Villa, Aesthetic Retreat," 
her paper will address the ways in which the 
home of Sweet Briar College's president evolved 
throughout the 19th century. All alumnae are 
welcome to attend! 

The Virginia Historical Society is located 
at 428 North Boulevard. Richmond, and the 
conference will take place from 9:00 a.m. 
to 3:30 p.m. Admission is free to students, 
$8.00 per person for members of sponsoring 
institutions, and $10.00 per person for others. 
A post-conference reception will be held at the 
restored Hancock-Wirt-Caskie House (1808-09) 
by courtesy of Mr. and Mrs. Aubrey R. Bowles 
111. The charge for the reception is an additional 
$10.00. For reservations, please send checks, 
payable to VCU, to Conference, Department 
of Art History, Virginia Commonwealth 
University, PO. Box 843046, 922 West 
Franklin Street, Richmond, VA 23284-3046, 
by November 9. For hard copy of the brochure 
which lists the full range of topics, or other 
information, please call 804/828-2784. 


OCT. 19-NOV 3, 2007: A President's Trip: Argentina, Chile and Patagonia 

FEB. 10-18, 2008: island Life in Tahiti and French Polynesia 

JUNE 3-14, 2008: A President's Trip: Celebrating the 60th Anniversary of SBC's 
JYF Program in France 

JULY 2-15, 2008: Alumni Campus Abroad in Ukraine and Romania aboard the 
MS Dnieper Princess 

JULY 29-AUG. 6, 2008: Village Life in Ireland: Dublin and Killarney 

OCT. 24-NOY 2, 2008: A Connoisseur's Northern Italy 

36 • fall 2007 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine ' 


recent deaths 

Selma Brandt '22 
Mrs. Selma B. Kress 
January 15, 1996 

Gertrude Anderson '28 
Mrs. William A. Molsler 
July 2, 1997 


Serena Aiies '30 
Mrs, Mark C. Stevens 
September 16, 2006 

Mary Van Winkle '32 

Mrs. Charles King McClure Jr. 

August 28, 2006 

Elizabeth West '32 
Mrs. Robert Etheredge 
Date unknown 

Mary^Nelson Neville '33 
Mary-Nelson Neville Siemon 
November 2, 2006 

Marjorie Westcott '34 
Mrs. John C. Mackey 
September 27, 2006 

Alice Laubach '35 
Miss Alice F. Louboch 
November 15, 2006 

Ann Temple '35 

Mrs. Elmer Dorr Samson 

November 15, 2006 

Emily Bowen '36 
Emily Muller 
September 27, 2006 

Dorothy Harper '36 
Mrs. Dorothy H. Bridgers 
December 1 1 , 2006 

Mary Holland '36 
Mrs. John D. Eure 
September 3, 2006 

Cecile Porter '36 
Mrs. Charles L. Piplar 
October 1 0, 2006 

Ruth Rundle '37 
Mrs. Lee W. Charters 
Jonuary 20, 2005 

Elizabeth Sherk '37 
Mrs. Elizabeth S. Prince 
Date Unknown 

Nancy McCandlish '38 
Mrs. Edgar A. Prichard 
September 30, 2006 

Jane Lewis '39 

Mrs. John E. Kingsbury 

September 10, 2006 


Jane Burnett '40 
Mrs. Perry C. Hill 
May 4, 2006 

Dorothy Myers '42 
Mrs. Robert R Moreheod 
November 30, 2005 

Mabel Sheldon '42 
Mrs. Elmer R Francis 
October 8, 2006 '• 

Elizobeth Whitoker '42 
Mrs. Richard E. Hook III 
February 1 2, 2006 

Betty Lynn Emerick '43 
Mrs. David Dethlefs 
October 1 6, 2006 

Anne Mcjunkin '43 
Mrs, Frank E. Briber Jr. 
September 8, 2006 

Dorothy Stouber '43 
Mrs. Joseph McCarthy 
October 4, 2006 

Josephine Soule '43 

Mrs. William W. Cloghorn 

November 1 6, 2006 

Marguerite Brink '46 
Mrs. Leo Feuer, Jr. 
October 23, 2006 

Marjorie Christian '46 
Mrs. Richard L. Schley Jr. 
December 1 1 , 2006 

Sara Davis '48 
Mrs. J. Kyle Spencer 
November 15, 2006 


Amie Willard '52 

Mrs. Huntington T. Block 

September 23, 2006 

Sara Ironmonger '53 
Mrs. Jack E. Greer 
November 14, 2006 

Barbaro Bernhard '56 
Mrs. Herbert MacLea 
August 26, 2006 

Monica Ballard '57 
Ms. Monica B. Porter 
August 26, 2006 

Vivian Butler '59 
Mrs. James M. Scott 
December 6, 2006 


Barbara Bowen '60 
Mrs. H. Clay Moore, Jr. 
October 14, 2006 

Helen Gardner "Polly" 
Chapman '61 
Mrs. Fred D. Herring 
November 29, 2006 

Annabel Pogan '61 
Mrs. Robert V Blakey 
November 3, 2006 

Mary McGrew '66 
Ms. Mary McGrew Lee 
September 6, 2006 

Joan Niles '66 
Mrs. James Tansey 
August 5, 2006 


Lillian Dugger '73 
Mrs. Lillian G. London 
October 6, 2006 

Gail Kuehner '77 

Ms. Gail Kuehner Rakes 

June 21, 1996 

Cora Olexo '78 
Miss Cora E. Olexo 
September 20, 2006 


Susan Maylor '82 

Miss Susan Elaine Maylor 

August 9, 2004 


Lynn McEachern '96 

Miss Lynn Morrison McEachern 

November 26, 2006 

If you wish to write to a mem- 
ber of the family of someone 
recently deceased, please 
contact the Alumnae Office for 
name and address. 


Gladys Wester Norton '30, 

It is with sadness thai wc report the death of 
Gladys Wester Horlon, Class of 1930. 

Mrs. Horton served on the College's Board 
of Overseers from 1956 until 1973. She was 
President of the Alumnae Association from 
1956-1960; alumna member of Overseers 
from 1961-1965; and Director from 1965- 
1973. As a member of the Buildings and 
Grounds, Development, Academic Affairs, 
Student Affairs, and E.xecutive Committees, 
Mrs. Morton's e.xpansive wisdom and 
e,\pertise served the College well. In 1959, 
she established the Boxwood Circle (annual 
gifts of S1,000) and continued to be acti\e in 
fundraising for the College. In addition, the 
Gladys Wester Horton Scholarship Fund was 
established by the North Jersey Sweet Briar 
Club. For her generous devotion to Sweet 
Briar, she was named Outstanding Alumna 
in 1976. Mrs. Morton's other activities and 
organizations included serving as President of 
the Maplewood New Jersey Service League; 
the Board of Education of Maplewood and 
South Orange, New Jersey; Board member 
of the local Red Cross; the Arboretum of 
Millburn and Short Hills, New Jersey; the 
Neighborhood House of Millburn, New 
Jersey; the Junior Women's Club of South 
Organize, New Jersey; and the New Jersey 
Symphony Auxiliary Board. 

She was preceded in death by husband 
Leonard Mead Horton and son William L. 
Horton. She is survived by daughter Nancy 
Horton McCarthy and five grandchildren and 
thirteen great-grandchildren. 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

Fall 2007 • 37 



Mrs. John R.Jamison 
2741 N Salisbury St No 3316 
West Lafayette, IN 47906-1431 


Mrs. W. F. Stohlman 
Pennswood Village D-212 
1382 Newtown-Langhorne Rd 
Newtown, PA 18940-2401 


Mrs. W. Burke Davis, Jr. 


2673 Belcher Mountain Rd 

Meadows of Dan, VA 24120-9801 


Mrs. George M. Brooke, Jr. 
405 Jackson Avenue 
Lexington, VA 24450-1905 


Mrs. Carrington Williams, Jr. 

Box 185 

Biddeford Pool, ME 04006 


Ann Morrison Reams 
771 Bon Air Circle 
Lynchburg, VA 24503 

What a glorious experience Reunion 
was! It was magical. The campus was 
beautiful, the program was special, the 
people were charming, the food was 
gourmet, and the weather was near 
perfect. The only thing missing was YOU 
who wanted to come and couldn't. We 
missed you greatly! Betty Blackmer 
Childs and Mackall drove down from 
Annapolis in fine spirits. Joanne 
Oberkirch Willis flew up from St. 
Petersburg, FL, looking great. She was 
met by her most attractive grandson, 
Kevin O'f^ell and new darling wife Jenna 
who drove down from Philadelphia to see 
her. They waited on us hand over fist, 
we loved it. Betsy Gilmer Tremain and 
Ivlike drove over from Charlottesville for 

the day on Sat. What a special couple! 
It wouldn't be a reunion without them. 
They've never missed, as far as I know. 
We loved being with them: they're 
always delightful. We held our "class 
meeting" as instructed and enjoyed 
looking at this year's scrapbook and 
those from 2 reunions back. How things 
change. No officers were elected; I'm it 
again. Please read the report of Reunion 
in the magazine. I'm sure it will cover 
everything, but it really can't describe 
the fun we had. Dean Green and his 
lovely wife hosted us for cocktails and 
dinner Fri. night and looked out for us 
all weekend. We enjoyed the Sat. night 
cocktail buffet; we found a table in the 
2nd room where we could see everything 
and not be blown away by loud music. 
We sat where everybody passed us 
going to the bar, so we spoke to lots 
of people. The Sun. morning memorial 
service is always a tear jerker. The music 
always gets to me. And so it ended 
as it began, with good food and fond 
greetings and farewells. Thanks to each 
of you who responded in many ways. 
Please keep sending news for class 
notes. Love to you! 


Mrs. Pierpont B. Buck 
Alice Lancaster 
9357 Covenant Hill Lane 
Marshall, VA 201 15 
pbbuckl © 

The mini-reunion cruise to the Caribbean 
mentioned in our last class notes took 
place in 3/06 of last year. We wish more 
could've joined us for those 10 days of 
fun Peggy Gordon Seller and Bob, 
Jean Blanton Stein and Chuck, Louise 
Smith Berry Betty Williams Gookin 
and Richard, Martha Lee Hoffman 
McCoy and Harry, and Alice Lancaster 
Buck and Pete all went. 

Murrell "Ricky" Richards Werth 
joined us at the fvlcCoys before sailing 
time. The l\/lcCoys apartment was within 
walking distance of the ship, so they 
provided parking places for those who 
drove, Martha Lee and Harry have since 
moved to Harbor's Edge, a retirement 
community where they have a 7'" floor 
apt, overlooking the Norfolk waterfront. 
Daughters l^ott and Emily and husbands 
also live in Norfolk, while son Harry 
practices Hematology and Oncology 

in Blacksburg, VA. The McCoys have 2 
great-great grandchildren; first of our 

Peggy Seller broke her hip in 
1 /06, but it didn't prevent her from 
cruising with us. Although she arrived 
in a wheelchair, she enjoyed the ocean, 
glorious weather, and friends. Peggy 
attends a writing class and is writing her 
memoirs; an example for all to follow. 
Last fall, Peggy and Bob flew to San 
Francisco to visit friends and to OR to 
see Bob's brother Stuart and wife. Peggy 
and Bob played bridge with my sister 
Elizabeth "Libby" Lancaster Wasburn '41 
who lived in Westminster-Canterbury, 
Richmond. I'm sad to report that Libby 
died on Good Friday this past spring. 
Peggy also wrote: "Bob and I have just 
returned from Tappahannock, VA where 
we attended Hannah Mallory Perkins' 85'" 
birthday party. Hannah's daughter Jody 
Lewis and her husband entertained 50 
friends at their lovely house overlooking 
the Rappahannock River. They served us 
a delicious Southern dinner of fresh crab, 
ham biscuits and tomato aspic! Hannah 
looks younger than her years. You should 
have seen her playing with her twin 
grandsons (2)1 

We lost another good friend in Dec. 
when Jean Blanton Stein's husband 
Chuck died. He had been such an 
addition to our reunions, Elizabeth 
"Libby" Vaughn Bishop in San 
Antonio would like to join us for a mini- 
reunion, but plane travel from TX "is 
no longer fun," She was in awe of the 
accomplishments of recent graduates, 
"Our sex has really made the male world 

sit up and notice," she added, Carlisle 
Morrissett Branch, Richmond, has 
a new great-grandson, Patteson Tyler 
Branch. How many "greats" and "great- 
greats" do you suppose we have in our 
63" year after graduation? 

Hannah Mallory Perkins lives in 
an apartment in Tappahannock, near 
St. Margaret's School where she taught 
for many years. Daughter Jodi, also a 
teacher at SMS, retires this year and 
lives with her husband on the river not far 
away Hannah has 2 great-grandsons, 2 
great-granddaughters. Phyllis Tenney 
Dowd. Chapel Hill, NC, hopes to attend 
Homecoming at SBC in Sept. Catherine 
"Tee" Tift Porter also likes Louise's idea 
of holding the '07 mini-reunion at SBC. 

Helen Gravatt Watt lost husband 
Bill, 8/06. Pete and I attended the 
service in Lexington commemorating his 
life of service, particularly to students 
of W&L. Bill was also a wonderful host 
and tour guide for our mini-reunion the 
previous summer in Lexington. We miss 
him; he was always a part of our class 

Paulett Long Taggart and Ganson 
moved from Winchester to Bedford, MA 
last year. In spite of Ganson's lymphoma 
treatments, they took several trips, 
including one to the West Coast to visit 
children in Eugene and Portland, OR, and 
in San Francisco, CA, Betty Farinholt 
Cockrill and Jim are happy to be back 
in Annapolis and love Ginger Cove 
retirement community. Their big event is 
visiting Hilton Head for a family reunion. 
They've gone for 19 years and now rent 2 
houses to accommodate the family 


Send your news to the Class Secretary listed with your class. If your class 
has no class secretary listed, please send news to the Alumnae Office, 
Sweet Briar, VA 24595 (E-mail: . Classmates want to hear 
from you! 

Secretaries may submit notes for every issue of the magazine. Please see 
that your Class Secretary receives your news before the deadlines below; 


Spring/Summer '08 
Fall '08 


April 1 , 2008 
July 1 , 2008 

Class Secretaries are volunteers elected by their class and are responsible 
for the accuracy of the class notes. 

Make sure the Alumnae Office has your correct e-mail address! 
Please send e-mail addresses to: 

38 • Fall 2007 

Sweet Briar College Alumnoe Magazine ' 

/.alumnae. sbcedu 

Louise Smith Barry's ability to walk 
long distances amazes us, She took one 
walking group trip to Quebec National 
Forest. Louise was on ttie '44 cruise 
and later attended granddaugtiter Leati 
Norton's graduation (she won prizes in 
Biology and Spanish) from Episcopal h.s,, 
Baton Rouge, LA. Louise encourages all 
to join her at SBC Homecoming, Sept. 
21-23 '07. She deserves thanks trom all 
(or continued leadership and interest in 
our class. Many, many thanks Louise! 

Pete and I (Alice Lancaster Buck) 
still take trips each year. We went on 
the class cruise, then a riverboat trip on 
the Danube with Betty Williams Gookin 
and Richard, 9/06 and a trip to Hawaii, 
2/07. We cruise the Great Lakes, end 
of Sept. We play tennis and golf each 
week; church involvement is high priority. 
Our family is growing; 10 grandchildren, 
3 great-grandchildren. We still live on 
our (arm in the foothills of the Blue 
Ridge, and are blessed to be next door 
neighbors to vet-daughter Katherine, with 
frequent visits to see our daughter Dorsie 
(Dorothea Buck Harrison '73) on Leesville 
Lake, south of Lynchburg. 

Betty Williams Gookin sent the 
following report of the very difficult time 
they have had this year; "Our news can't 
be called good. On the freezing night of 
2/10/07, we had a devastating fire at 
The Oaks. We were dressing to go out 
to an evening Valentine's party when the 
smoke alarm went off, smoke poured 
into the house. Richard, myself, and our 
2 big dogs escaped, but my little Westie, 
Lucy, ran back upstairs under my bed, 
and couldn't be saved. The house burned 
for 7 hours, but remained standing. 
Neighbors and family came from all over 
with horse vans and trucks and made 
a "bucket brigade" to save our things; 
thankfully, a lot was rescued. 3 days later 
in the ice storm Richard was pulled down 
walking the dogs and broke his wrist. Not 
a help! We are lucky to have our garage 
apt. and be on the spot as restoration 
continues. We're in excellent hands with 
our project manager, who happens to 
be contractor nephew Richard Williams, 
and the many good sub contractors he 
brings in. Sweet Briar friends never let 
you down. Alice Buck came over the 
next day with a big bag of clothes and 
comfort food. Julie Hildebrand '96 and 
boyfriend spent several days cleaning 
silver. We appreciated a call from the 
Alumnae Office expressing concern. 
We're thankful to be surrounded by love, 
care, and help. We survived in good 
health, and Richard's hand is almost 
back to normal." 

Betty and Richard have been 
"troopers " and we know that they will 
once again be able to open that beautiful 
home to friends who have enjoyed their 
special brand of hospitality for years. 


Julia Mills Jacobsen 
4414 Edmunds Street NW 
Washington DC 20007 

Mary Haskins King 
501 Kimberly Drive 
Greensboro, NC 27408 

II you haven't heard trom me, Julia, 
please contact ttie Alumnae Office to 
update your email address, Please send 
cards and letters to Mary Haskins King. 

My news; 2 months of strenuous PT 
to walk better. I finally finished the 5'" 
edition of from Idea to Funded Project, 
it's at the publisher. Forgot how much 
work a book was. Jan Kress, with 
degrees in Special Ed and Occupational 
Therapy replaces the late Jane Belcher 
as co-author. My granddaughter Mary 
Lou Jacobsen is headed for UVT; I hope 
to take a trip there. In my letter to the 
class I mentioned how I stuck my finger 
in the ice maker after the repair man left 
to see if it was working. It was: if you 
want to know exactly how it works — 
drop me a note. My pinkie is in trauma. 
I went back to Bethany Beach, DE, and 
have CA granddaughter Laura for the 
summer, a delight and my last hope for 
this generation to choose SBC! 

I had lunch with Antoinette Le Bris 
Maynard while she was here to see her 
son. She lives near Erie, PA, and writes 
"I have to say goodbye to Carol who is 
going to Rochester the rest of the week. 
I've been working on my life with the 
Prendergasts and granddaughter Claire, 
who graduated Magna cum Laude from 
American U. last year. Williams Coll. is 
exhibiting the work of the 2 Prendergast 
brothers, and since I'm the only person 
who ever lived with them, and they did 
so much for me, Williams would like to 
have it archived. I'm continuing the story 
of the rest of my life, which was pretty 
exciting. Great to be in touch with you." 

I had an email from Dale Sayler 
Morgan; "Getting older speeds up every 
year, but I stay as busy as possible! 
Still with Garden Club, church, some 
community involvement (trying to slow 
down development, or at least praying 
for not-for-profit!). Having family here is a 
joy, especially being widowed. I miss that 
wonderful husband, but staying on in our 
home is also a joy Son Philip's children 
are Lane, (just graduated from W&L, now 
backpacking in Europe), Gus (graduated 
and going to Auburn). Son Henry's 
children; Jennifer Ounior at Andover) and 
Lilly (9). Daughter Diane and husband 
Dick Viall of Sewickley PA, spent a 2"" 
winter in Patagonia. They're now traveling 
Ml, WI,MN,ND, and SD for flyfishing! 
That's what they do in South America. 

They have a web site; mm.palagonia-tly-, for those interested in fishing 
or hunting in Patagonia or Chile. Both 
were in a travel business prior to retiring 
and are building a house in San Martin on 
a Jack Nicklaus golf course (not golfers!). 
Lately, I've become quite (amiliar with 
arthritis, weak knees and backaches, but 
it's great to wake up to beautiful days and 
have things to. Please stop by if you're 
going through Savannah!" 

Faithlul Ann "Dickie" Dickson 
Jordan is full ol news. I sent her an 
e-mail about my web page woes by 
mistake, but here's her good stuff. "Luke 
and I just spent 10 days at THE Beach 
at my house, were there for Palm and 
Easter Sun — great to be home and see 
friends. I love Salem and have friends 
here, but after 79 years at VA Beach, I 
still call it home. Didn't get to see Perk; 
she had altar guild that week and also 
helps with daughter-in-law who isn't well. 
I'm so sorry She called the night before 
we left to say Lovah was there, but we 
couldn't drop by Life is so complicated 
sometimes. Here in Salem, I see Edie 
Page Gill Breakell. We went to SBC 
fall '06 to a gathering at the President's 
house (SB House), a nice time. We were 
impressed with the new programs at 
SBC. They have a master of education, 
which takes 5 years to earn. They also 
have an updated business program. Best 
to you, Dickie." 

From Sadie Gwen Allen Blackburn; 
Sorry about your finger! It's the kind of 
thing that could happen to all of us now, 
thank you for the warning. Our news is 
our granddaughter's marriage, 3/17; she 
and husband had a brief honeymoon in 
Aruba before returning to work in Austin. 
I think I've already told you, husband Ed 
is confined to a wheelchair, but it didn't 
prevent him from finishing his book on 
19th century jail buildings InTX, which 
enjoys much attention since they were 
built by outstanding architects of the time. 
I don't travel to the many meetings and 
shows of the Garden Club of America, 
which I dearly loved, but am happy to 
report that a young active graduate of 
SBC is revitalizing the SBC Alumnae 
Club in Houston. That means exciting 
developments are coming. Wishing you 
all the best — I'm glad you're continuing 
in this post! 

Jean Ridler Fahrenbach; "Hope 
this message gets through; evidently 
the last one didn't. You can erase the 
address; jeanl@tnh.neL The correct 
address is Last 
year, I traveled to Antarctica, Tanzania, 
and the Dalmatian coast. This year; the 
Mayan Riviera, Holland and Belgium, 
and South Africa. Photo albums are 
growing! Between trips, I go to the gym 
to stay active and do volunteer activities 
like Meals on Wheels, Altar Guild, AARP 

advocacy, etc. We had a family reunion 
last summer in ME when daughter Mary, 
a cardiologist married Peter Culley, a 
lawyer. Quite a gathering o( doctors and 
lawyers on the waterfront in Portland! 
Everyone was here for Thanksgiving. 
This was my first real winter in VT, it had 
its moments; 26 "o( snow on Valentines 
Day followed by a week of below 
temps! Another foot of snow on St. 
Patricks Day! I hope all is well with you 
and my classmates. VT in the summer is 
delightful. Come and visit!" 


Mrs. Robert M. Saunders 

955 Harpersville Rd 

Newport News, VA 23601-1085 


Linda McKoy Stewart 
18 0sprey Lane 
Rumson, NJ 07760 

Margaret Munnerlyn Haverty, better 

known to all of us a "Munn," reports the 
death of Rawson Haverty, her beloved 
husband of 56 years and father of their 
5 children. They shared a wonderfully 
fulfilling life that enabled them to travel 
widely during his long career as CEO 
of Havertys, the distinguished furniture 
business with 1 06 stores in 1 4 southern 
and mid-western states. Munn was at her 
husband's bedside when he died last Jan. 
26, as were all of his children. 

'iKcu.^^.^aooS: w(a^ 16-18. aoos 

This has been a relatively quiet year 
except for those of us celebrating 
bragging rights to become octogenarians; 
some earlier than others. 

But Jan.was the big month for me, 
Martha Mansfield Clement — all 5 of 
my children and 2 grandchildren gathered 
in Alexandria. In addition, we were joined 
by 2 nieces, one nephew, and a slew of 
greats from there and yon. A great time 
for all! 

The year also brings sad news and 
we pass on to you the most recent death 
of Westray Boyce Nicholas The cause 
of death was not given. My most recent 
address was Advance, NC. 

Also this year, we received word of 
the death of Vic Henningsen, husband 
of Mayde Ludington and former SBC 
Board Chairman. We also lost another 
friend of the class, Cameron Benson, 
husband of Suzanne Hardy. More info 

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Fall 2007 • 39 

can be obtained from the Alumnae Office 
at 434.381 .61 31. 

Maddin McCallie was honored 
by her church for 42 years of volunteer 
service as Hospitality Chairman. Her 
minister insisted on a celebration; indeed 
he planned an outstanding event! There 
was a special service at the church 
followed by a reception attended by 
400+ people. Maddin's former minister 
attended the gala and he among others 
had many kind words to say about 
her. In effect, it was all a surprise! 

Now, I've been saving this for last, 
in Ivlay '08, we will celebrate our 60'" 
Reunion at SBC! How many of us still 
travel? How many more will be able to 
travel and attend? I'm urging all of you 
to think REUNION at SBC to gather and 
share pictures and stories. Last year's 
Reunion was great fun for me and it 
wasn't even our Reunion year I promise 
that they take very good care of us; door 
to door bus service, access to elevators 
and ramps, help with luggage, etc. 


Catherine Barnett Brown 
4 Pippins Way 
Convent Station, NJ 07961 

My notes will be brief, since they were 
due 7/5, the day after my birthday (you 
know, I'm a "Yankee Doodle Dandy"!). 
Our beloved Fritzie Duncombe 
Millard passed away on Marl 2 in 
Monterey, CA at age 79. During her 
undergraduate years, she brought spirit 
and enthusiasm to activities. She was 
a staff member of the Brambler, active 
in Chung Mungs, a song leader and 
member of the Coll. Glee Club. Most 
significantly, Fritzie was President of 
Aints & Asses. She was truly in her 
element performing in those sketches. 
Fritzie made lifelong friends at SBC, and 
attended reunions throughout the years. 
She was elected President of our class 
several times and re-elected in '04 even 
though she could not be present; to 
honor Fritzie for her dedication to SBC. 
After graduating, Fritzie was married to 
Jack A. Lynch from '49 until his death 
in '57 and to Grant A. Millard from '62 
until his death in '76. In '93, Fritzie 
moved from Winnetka to Carmel, CA 
to be closer to her children. She was 
involved in the Junior League, active 
in All Saints Church, Carmel, CA and 
volunteered at the Carmel Bach Festival. 
Fritzie spent her last seven years living 
happily at The Park Lane in Monterey, 
CA. She is survived by daughters Carter 
Flljon of Pebble Beach, CA and Susan 

Lynch of Portland, OR; son Brook Millard 
of Denver, CO; granddaughters Lauren 
Millard and Taylor Millard; and sister 
Marian Hadley of Winnetka, IL. Fritzie's 
family extends its deepest gratitude to 
Mary Fran Brown Ballard for providing 
so many details of Fritzie's happy 
relationship with SBC. 

Walter and I, Catherine Barnett 
Brown, drove up from FL in May and 
stopped in Charleston to visit Bishop 
Gadsden Retirement Community to see 
Mary Louis Stevens Webb, who was 
not well. We stayed there with Chance 
Scrantom, a close friend and cousin of 
Stevie, who prepared a lovely dinner on 
Sat. night for us, Stevie, and daughter 
Mary Webb. Next day. Mothers Day, 
Goodie Geer De Raddo and The Rev. 
Joseph treated us to dinner in the main 
dining room — same group plus Stevie's 
son Rutledge and bride Kelly. Alas, that 
was the last time I saw Stevie, as she 
passed away several weeks later on June 
26. 1 have heard from several of you since 
and relayed your messages to the family. 
The funeral was at St. Philip's Church 
where she was buried next to Rutledge. 
We can go there and visit next time we 
are in Charleston. 

Our travels north, after a 4-day mini 
reunion of Walter's Yale Class of 45W 
at Hilton Head, took us to another SBC 
hangout, Westminster-Canterbury in 
Richmond. There we stayed in the lovely 
house of Margaret Towers Talman. 
Mag was a warm hostess, providing every 
comfort. Libby Trueheart Harris invited 
us to Sat. night dinner after watching 
(with a little betting) the Belmont horse 
race. Walter won about 6 dollars from 
me, Libby, Mag, Kitty Hart Belew and 
Caroline Casey Lindemann. It was a 
happier visit, I must say Preston sounded 
fine on the phone, and I chatted with 
Gene who is well now. Ann Henderson 
Bannard and Yorke visited Dave and Kay 
Veasey Goodwin in MA. They later had 
the fun of showing Betsy Brown Boyer 
all over AZ, including "our" arboretum, the 
Boyce Thompson in Superior, which Ann 
says looks spiffy these days, as it should 
with her wonderful bronze seed pods 
featured in the visitor's center. 

In addition to quite a few email notes, 
I have talked by phone with Preston 
Hodges Hill, Ann Henderson Bannard, 
and Alice Trout Hagan. And I received 
sympathetic notes on several birthday 

I plan to send you all postcards 
soon so we can have news of the non- 
computer class members. Please be 
ready with your latest doings as we all 
enter a new decade with reasonable 
health and still functioning minds! 



Patricia Halloran Salvadori 
g North Stratford Road 
Arlington Heights, IL 60004 

Dotsy Wood Letts returned a postcard 
full of news: she had just put Judy 
Campbell Campbell in a taxi tor the 
airport. Judy moved from La Jolla to 
Cadsbad, CA, 20 mi. away; she returned 
from 4 mo. in England; Dotsy herself 
planned to visit me in Jul./Aug., then 
Scotland with her daughter in Sept. 

Lucy Krensler Carey moved into a 
retirement community in Baltimore, MD. 
She teaches Russian and Polish part time 
at the community coll. She travels a lot. 
mostly to Europe; last Jan. she took her 
1st trip to South America. 

Mary Waller Berkley Fergusson 
and husband moved to Westminster- 
Canterbury in Richmond, VA. They have 
what is called a "cottage," but also kept 
their "real cottage" on the Chesapeake 
Bay so they can enjoy the grandchildren, 
"We don't have to spend all our time with 
the old folks!" 

In May B.G. Elmore Gilleland and 
Guy had a rainy trip to the Italian Lakes 
District and Venice; "Was no fun sloshing 
around on wet cobblestones." She lost 
her suitcase; nevertheless, "the scenery 
is beautiful." Returning, they dried out 
in New Smyrna Beach, FL with their 
2 daughters, 2 grandsons. "Highlight 
was swimming with dolphins near St. 
Augustine!" In Aug. they will cruise the 
Great Lakes. 

Lola Steele Shepherd and Deedee 
are busy with their mares. In Jun. they 
went to VA Beach for Edith Brooke 
Robertson and Peyton's wedding 
anniversary. Edie and Peyton aren't back 
into their apartment after the fire last Jan. 

Anne Peyton Cooper wrote from 
Eleuthra that after Easter Services 
Cora Jane Morningstar Spiller s 
daughter visited and asked about Anne's 
daughter's wedding. Cora Jane had sent 
the class notes news to the Bahamas! 

The news spreads, so keep me 

Mrs. Richard B. Barnhill 
2 Borquine Way 
Bluffton, SC 29909-6557 


Pat Layne Winks 
San Francisco, CA 94118 

Our 55'" reunion was a great success, 
only wish that more of us were there! 
Our group of 1 4 enjoyed ourselves 
immensely, and took pleasure in being 
together and taking advantage of the 
beauties of the college in summer 
Present were Pat Beach Thompson 
and Calvin, Leila Booth Morris, Mary 
John Ford Gilchrist Ellen Galey 
Scher Nancy Hamel Clark and Blake, 
Joanne Holbrook Patton. Susanna 
Judd Silcox and John, Pat Layne 
Winks. Marty Legg Katz and Bill. Jane 
Mattas Christian Nancy Morrow 
Lovell Laura Radford Goley. Jane 
Ramsay Olmsted, and Donna Reese 
Godwin. Like the college, we're not as 
we were 55 years ago. But also like the 
college, some of us have brand new 
parts! We're still a feisty bunch with high 
spirits and good humor Highlights were; a 
guided tour of the campus (including the 
splendid Creative Arts Center on the other 
side of the highway) by minivan — ideal 
transportation for us who thought nothing 
of walking to the Boathouse or the dairy 
that no longer exists. New sights/sites 
to take its place, including a Southern 
Railway train station transported to 
campus. An event of interest for us was 
the showing of the mini-documentary, 
"Resting on our Laurels: Connecting the 
Generations." This labor of love by Joanne 
Patton's son Benjamin, commemorated 
the presentation of our senior show by 
the North Shore Music Theater Youth 
Academy. There were photographs of our 
classmates in the original presentation, 
interviews with the h.s. students who 
played in the revival, and — of special 
interest — recent interviews with our own 
stars. We loved seeing Mary Bailey 
Izard. Pat Beach Thompson, Keir 
Henley Donaldson Joanne Holbrook 
Patton Nancy Morrow Lovell Josie 
Sibold and Grace Wallace Brown as 
they are today, and hearing them recall 
joys of that experience. If you want to see 
the documentary, please let me know. I'll 
help you obtain a copy 

Pat Beach Thompson led a moving 
ritual. She read aloud the names of 
classmates who are no longer with us. 
After each name she rang a bell, and 
paused. It provided an opportunity for all 

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of us there to hold the memory of dear 
friends. The questionnaires you filled out 
made for great reading. We loved the 
pictures and news clippings. Pat and 
Joanne have arranged to have copies 
distributed to all of you. As a result of 
their generous efforts, you're as up to the 
minute as I am. 

A special thank you to Mary Legg 
Katz for collecting the class news over 
the past 5 years, to Pat Beach Thompson 
for gathering questionnaires and 
memorabilia into our beautiful reunion 
scrapbook, and to Nancy Hamel Clark for 
helping bring us together. I look forward 
to hearing from you over the next 5 years; 
keep me posted. 



Mrs. William Krucke 
7352 Toogoodoo Road 
Yonges Island, SC 29449-5958 


Kathryn Beard 
1074 Zanzibar Lane 
Plymouth, MN 55447 

A quick note for the fall issue! Most of 
what I have heard refers to successful 
joint replacement (Fritz Merriman 
Naylor's knee) and slow but sure broken 
bone healing (Amanda McThenia 
lodice's ankle). All good news! We look 
forward eagerly for news from Ginger 
Chamblin Greene as she begins her 
next adventure: the Peace Corps! Leaving 
home on July 17th for training first and 
then assignment to "somewhere in 
Africa," she promises to keep us posted 
on her travel experiences. 


Mrs. Paul C. Grider, Jr. 
1307 Killiney Place 
Louisville, KY 40207 

Mrs. Robert W. Nichols 
3928 Old Brownsboro Road 
Louisville, KY 40207-1831 

Carol McMurtry Fowler 
10 Woodstone Sq 
Austin, TX 78703 
512 458-1917 


Oh Lord It's hard to be humble when 
you're perfect in every way Come to think 
of it, just why should the Glorious Class of 
1 957 even want to try? Again, we swept 
the field at our 50'" Reunion, which was 
a good thing, because after the 50'", 
all classes are put out to pasture, so to 
speak, lumped with all other classes 
that have arrived at and passed the half- 
century reunion mark. 

Doesn't someone, anyone, in charge 
realize the Class of 1957 is special? 

To continue on the lyrics path, we 
went out in a blaze of glory, with 87 per 
cent of our class participating to raise 
$61 8,151 .57 as our class gift, a huge, 
unprecedented sum we assume will 
stand for years to come and provide 
inspiration to those who follow us. 
Continuing the huge and unprecedented 
theme, our class giving for the past 5 
years totaled more than $6.9 million. And 
finally and fittingly, the Class of 1 957 
received the first-ever Nancy GodvKin 
Baldwin award given for the class with 
greatest reunion attendance, and ours 
was 29 % total. 

Fundraiser-in-Chief Nannette 
McBurney Crowdus and El Presidents 
Charlotte Heuer de Serio worked 
for more than a year preparing for our 
50'" and deserve tremendous credit for 
their efforts and results. Once the entire 
contingent from 1 957 was on stage and 
clearly in the spotlight, a multi-foot-long 
banner was unfuried which detailed the 
specific amount of our gift. The banner 
came from Charlotte and Nannette and it 
was given to the Development Office to 
be displayed as a motivational device. 

And while both Charlotte and 
Nannette have written their personal 
notes of thanks to each of you for 
supporting Sweet Briar, add my thanks, 
thanks, thanks to the chorus. 

Nancy B has cleared the slate with 
SBC after giving the college 50 years of 
her life working at multiple jobs, the latter 
as the editor of the Alumnae Magazine. 
which she edited superbly. In recognition 
for her diligence, her dedication and 
because she is a wonderful person and 
totally deserved it, Nancy was named 
the 2007 Outstanding Alumna. To be 
expected, Nancy said thank-you-very- 
much in a fashion both witty and wise. 
After Nancy left the stage, Marsha Taylor 
Horton, '76 left the assembly with few dry 
eyes when she sang "Wind Beneath My 
Wings," in tribute to our classmate. Bette 

Midler would be eating her heart out II 
she knew of Marsha's voice. Or if she 
were smart, would hire her as backup. 

Thirty- nine "old girls" relumed for 
reunion, a grand attendance, made 
even more so by the 1 7 spouses who 
were present also. Let's just run through 
the list, alpha fashion: Judith Ruffin 
Anderson, Winchester, VA, Marjorie 
Whitson Aude ,ind Fritz, Phelps, NY; 
Nancy Godwin Baldwin, SBC; Kay 
Diane Moore Bowles ,'ind John, Chevy 
Chase, MD; Jody Raines Brinkley 
Richmond, VA; Mary Landon Smith 
Brugh, Clifford, VA: Carol Turner 
Crosthwait. Waco, TX; Nannette 
McBurney Crowdus and Bill, Madison, 
VA; Jackie Ambler Cusick and Ralph. 
Bethesda, MD; Charlotte Heuer 
deSerio, Bryn Mawr, PA: Catherine 
Meacham Durgin, NY, NY; Jane 
Campbell Englert, Manorville, PA; 
Janet Pehl Ettele, Sun City West, AZ; 
Suzanne GIpson Farnham and Lyman, 
Baltimore, MD: Carol McMurtry Fowler. 
Austin, TX; Jane Pinckney Hanahan, 
Charleston, SC; Gall Haugan Holley, 
Tequesta, FL. 

And there were, Margery Scott 
Johnson and Eart, Raleigh, NC: NInle 
Laing, Amissville, VA; Kay Tilghman 
Lowe and James, Richmond, VA; Chris 
Smith Lowry and Britt, Rutherdtown, 
NC; Lee Haskell Mack and Charies, 
New Canaan, CT; Joy Peebles Massie 
and Jimmie, Goochland, VA; Anne Ford 
Melton, Lookout Mountain, TN; Betty 
Murder MIchelson, Virginia Beach, VA; 
May Webb Miller and Tom, Houston, 
TX; Cynnie Wilson Ottaway, West Palm 
Beach, FL; Anna "Chips" Chao Pal and 
David, Livingston, NJ. 

And on they came, Lainy Newton 
Peters, Pacific Palisades, CA; Saynor 
Johnson Ponder and Buddy, Macon, 
GA; Marylew Cooper Redd, Delray 
Beach, FL; Carroll Weitzel Rivers, 
Hollywood, SC; Anne Wilson Rowe 
and Joe, Fredericksburg, VA; Sandra 
Stingily Simpson, Birmingham, AL; 
Suzy Neblett Stephens and Bob 
Lee, Irvington, VA; Jane Fitzgerald 
Treherne-Thomas, Sewickley, PA; Jane 
Best Wehland and Charies, Ocean City, 
MD: Flo Barclay Winston and Charies, 
Raleigh, NC and Diane "Duffy" Duffield 
Wood, Oak Brook, IL, 

My form in this edition of Class Notes 
is to use the married name first mention 
and revert to the maiden name in all 
other instances. I think better in maiden 
names, by and large. 

The college put on a good show for 
us. We were the honored guests at a 
multi-course dinner on Friday night and 
watched the "Girls of Yesterday" on film, 
a collection the college put together from 
old films and photos integrated by those 
who had them forwarded to SBC to be. 

There we were, look-alike Mack Sennett 
stars, herky-jerky very, very young and 
very, very thin, and for the most part, 
very, very recognizable. The May Court 
film Is worth ordering from the college; 
most particularly it should be ordered If 
you have not belly-laughed In a while. 
We heard from senior staff at Saturday's 
convocation, learned the health of the 
college Is good, and of course, were 
stars of the event. Nancy was honored 
and we stood to cheer her on. We had 
burgers al fresco in the new wanna 
be quadrangle that lives behind Reid, 
tours of the college. Including the new 
Arts Barn, films, lectures, a very special 
memorial service to honor the late, great 
Elizabeth Sprague, and a farewell dinner 
with a variety of food offerings stashed 
at diverse food bars in the dining hall; 
breakfast, hugs and lots of goodbyes on 
Sunday. Those who could linger awhile 
attended chapel and a farewell luncheon 
at Sweet Briar House. 

And speaking of May Court we took 
the time to correct an old injustice. It was 
agreed by one and all that Jody be added 
to the roster of May Court beauties. I 
suppose this makes her a May Court 
emerita. Jody is as sassy and skinny as 
when we first encountered her in Sept. 
1 953. It is sroodthat some things do 
remain the same. 

The class also voted to make both 
Betsy Muhlenfeld and her spouse, 
Larry Wollan honorary members of the 
Class of 1957. Betsy has long tried to 
determine just what makes this class of 
ours tick, why we have stuck together 
in large numbers, why we continuously 
lead the pack in fund raising — in short, 
why 1957 is virtually unique among the 
honorable rolls over the years. I maintain 
we consist of an overabundance of 
overachievers. And of course, we are 
special. We will see what Betsy has to 
add to our firepower. 

There were several conversations 
during several happy hours, before, during 
and after regularly scheduled events, as 
they say about the potential for regional 
"mini" reunions. If such a concept is 
attractive to any and all. Class Notes can 
act as an information-clearing house. 

A fine surprise was the return to SBC 
for the first time since Jun. 3. 1 957 of a 
trio that included Carol, Saynor and Gail. 
Funny, funny Carol Turner continues 
taking and printing photos, an endeavor 
her late husband encouraged; Gail's tan 
fooled nobody — we all knew she lived In 
FL, has taught, and does lots and lots of 
sailing; Saynor and Buddy could easily 
get jobs fashion modeling, though they 
prefer their time with the grands and their 
new condo. 

Back and neck pains sneaked up on 
Ginny Marks Paget, Yellow Springs, OH; 
a cold with fever knocked out Patricia 

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Lodewick, Dallas, TX causing each 
to cancel last minute. Lou Wallace 
Wilemon, Redondo Beach, CA just prior 
to reunion which she was to attend, 
had an out of body period of time after 
her forme/" doctor rearranged her blood 
pressure medicine, which Lou says 
caused her to be something of a wacko. 
Her three daughters were concerned 
about her making a transcontinental trip 
not knowing how long the weird side 
effects would last and made a last minute 
cancellation. Lou reports that life is good 
for her and her cat once more and that 
she likes her new doctor a whole bunch. 
Marguerite McDaniel Wood's tennis 
court in Montgomery, AL won a recent 
match against her, causing a broken bone 
or two and an early exit from her reunion 
plans. Ginny is a hard-core reunionite 
(to coin a new word which sounds like a 
bottle of wine). Not getting to come was a 
big disappointment for Pat who planned 
to make her first trip back since leaving 
after her sophomore year Ginny is still 
working as a consultant with the Kettering 
Foundation; Pat is retired from teaching, 
has a zillion bridge master points, travels, 
reads seriously and enjoys nieces and 
nephews; Marguerite is trim, active and 
generally does not lose at tennis. 

KD Moore put me straight and very 
quickly for failing to realize and publicize 
that she in truth and fact is our actual 
Class Baby, just turning 70 in May 
Maxima mea, KD. And I am sorry, Jane 
Campbell, we have to take the trophy 
back from you. 

Carolyn Scott Arnold, in Paradise, 
aka Honolulu, HI was on the definite "I 
am coming to the 50"" group until her 
"wonderful" husband Mark experienced 
health problems, compounded by a bad 
fall, leading to two months in hospital 
with Scottie by his side. We all wish you 
speedy recovery, Mark. Elayne Steele 
Shults, Amarillo, TX came to in hospital 
after having a small blackout while 
driving to the dentist. All is well, but under 
Texas law she is not allowed to drive 
for six months. And Sydney Graham 
Brady, Galesburg, IL is downsizing from 
her home of 41 years and coping with 
husband Bill's recovery from a broken leg. 
Now that is one double duty trooper 

We had a number of "wish I could 
make it, but.," responses from folks like 
Carolyn Westfall Monger, Stamford, 
CT Westie is about to retire and looks 
foro/ard to being "creative." Her last email 
to me asked, and this will come as no 
surprise: "How was the step-singing?" 
Westie, be glad you were spared what 
the Class of 1 957 could create. We 
needed Westie to help us carry a tune, 
though I must say that Jane Fitz, Mary 
Webb and Duffy put forth valiant efforts. 
Dagmar Yon Halmagyi Yon, Poway, 
CA, cancelled a few weeks out and was 

recovering from a hip replacement while 
we were at reunion. Dagmar asked in her 
last email if the weather was good, if SBC 
was still a magical place and could she 
order photos. Yes, yes and yes, Dagmar. 
Diane "Dee" Robin, Chicago, IL was 
unable to attend at the last minutes, but 
says she is up for the 55'". And Barbara 
Tetzlaff, San Francisco, CA, who is 
continuing with her solo law practice, 
could not make it, but sent best wishes 
to all. 

Unsure whether Susan Ragland 
Abramhanson, Longboat Key, FL 
planned to make it, but a sleep walking 
experience left her beached with a 
broken left foot and a sprained right 
ankle. Susan and General Abe have five 
children, 14 grands, plus spouses, which 
keeps Susan's grey cells dancing to 
remember that many individual birthdays. 
Dot Duncan Hodges, Charlotte, NC will 
have to be hijacked to get to a reunion. 
But she is sort of allergic to travel, 
particularly when her flights seem to be 
canceled or multi-hour delayed, as they 
were with some monotonous regularity on 
a recent visit to family in Seattle. Dot talks 
a good race about no more travel — she 
will probably still be hanging out in Paris 
when these Notes are published. 

Priscilla Vermooten Baldwin, 
Evergreen, CO continues involvement 
and philanthropic efforts at the desert 
museum in Tucson, AZ. She and Chips 
had a good visit recently. Speaking 
of Chips, her plans called for a fourth 
photo safari in Africa, a trip allowable 
after spouse David had success with 
his fourth surgery for an aneurysm 
immediately following reunion; Jane 
Rather Thiebaud recently completed 
her Ph.D at U Maine, Orono and writes 
possibly she and I may finally get together 
for a cuppa in Maine. I come, she goes, 
but this summer she may be around for a 
while. Jeanne Fenrick Bedell retired in 
Cambridge, MA on ending her academic 
life following foreign stints of teaching 
(English and American Lit) in both the 
Czech Republic and Poland, as well 
as the universities of Southern Illinois, 
Missouri and Virginia Commonwealth. 

Catherine Meacham knows 
milestones when she sees them. 
Catherine was at the 25'" and showed 
back up for the 50'". She may have lived 
in the Big Apple forever and ever, but 
her Tennessee accent must still draw a 
crowd in NY, NY Catherine was the first to 
arrive at our hospitality room to watch the 
horses run in the Preakness, but it was 
SRO by the time the horses did their thing 
Fellow Tennessee native Anne Melton 
received a Distinguished Alum Award 
at her Ashley Hall alum weekend in 
Charleston two weeks before coming to 
her 50'" at Sweet Briar She and Judith 
Ruffin stayed with Mary Landon Smith 

(still PeeWee to many of us), at her home 
just up the road from the college. 

Ruth Ellen Green, Natchez, Ml was 
not at reunion, but she got all the news 
hot off the press from Chris Smith, as 
did Nancy Shuford Dowdy, when the 
three got together following the 50'" in 
Morgantown, NC where Ruth Ellen's 
daughter Ellen lives. Chris sent a picture 
of Ellen, who has the same laughing look 
out of her eyes and the wonderful smile 
we all know in Ruth Ellen. Nancy was off 
to France with a group from Davidson 
College after their mini-reunion. Flo 
Winston and Charles, along with daughter 
Marion had a trip to Paris with son 
and brother Bob and his family, then to 
Avignon, where one hopes they all joined 
hands and had a rousing chorus — sur le 
pont d 'Avignon. . .if so, Clan Winston was 
surely on key when they Disney-cruised 
later with son Charles and his family 
Baba Conway Debicki, still in Kansas, 
was in Paris reunion weekend getting her 
21 -year-old grandson acclimatized before 
he started a six weeks stint with an 
architectural firm in the City of Light. Then 
Baba was off to Japan with a grand girl. 
Baba devised an Introduce-a-grand-to- 
the-world approach to educational travel. 
Each grand is taken abroad for about 
two weeks, their choice of site. We know 
we're not in Kansas anymore, Toto. 

In the "Are We Hardy or Not 
Category" Sandra Stingily hotfooted it 
off to southern Italy for an exhaustingly 
glorious trip that included good time 
in Pompeii, Naples and other spots of 
antiquity, got home 36 hours before 
hopping another jet and making it to 
reunion. And displaying further evidence 
of the stamina and grit of 1957, Margery 
Scott and Earl spent a couple of weeks 
in Africa, with their three adult children, 
their spouses and seven grands. Margery 
and Earl took their three on the same 
trip in 1975 and since then Margery has 
dreamed of showing the same world to 
their grands. The indefatigable Jane Fitz 
and her best beau William continue to 
speed around the world, with Jul. cruising 
out of Venice and late summer in New 
England. It will come as no surprise that 
Janie Fitz continues to be our champion 
fashion plate. Duffy and her entire brood, 
numbering 20, spent a chunk of Jul. 
cruising the Caribbean. Wow! 

Mary Anne Wilson returned 
to Spain to help SBC by running the 
college's Junior Year in Spain program for 
the fall term 2006. Mary Anne had three 
grand boys to visit in Madrid at the same 
time we had reunion, so she missed 
celebrating her 50'" with us. MA returned 
to SBC in Jun., but no doubt will be off 
and running to espana, otra vez, by the 
time this is published. 

Ex-Presidente Charlotte was in 
Bermuda for a while this summer; 

she and Nannette and Cynnie, our 
new supreme leader and Presidente, 
were scheduled to go Deep South, like 
Patagonia, with Betsy Muhlenfeld and Co. 
in Oct. Nannette will continue to be our 

And on topic of fundraising: We hope 
our class will adopt the new Fitness 
Center as our fundraising project. Face 
it. The old Daisy Williams gym was 
something straight out of that movie "The 
Hoosiers" when we were there. Young 
women today not only deserve, the fact 
is they demand good physical fitness 
facilities. We are losing great student 
athletes because we have the oldest 
and totally outmoded and outdated gym 
in our college's competitive circuit. In 
addition to annual fund support, consider 
tabbing your gifts "Fitness Initiative" 
when you contribute, and to paraphrase 
the Texas football coach, "Give Early and 
Give Often." I understand some of you 
may have donor fatigue. We have made 
huge and memorable contributions. 
I believe in this initiative I have 
made what for me is a substantial 
pledge and I urge each of you to join 
me in helping raise the needed money, 
because it needs to be raised quickly 
We have given so that students have a 
broader and improved curriculum, a new 
commons, a new bookstore and better 
living accommodations. We have given 
to stretch minds, now let's give to stretch 
bodies and muscles. 

We extend condolences both to 
Peggy Llebert Dobbins, whose 
husband Gene, died in Apr, and to 
Carroll Weitzel whose husband Buist, 
died in Oct. 2006, 

We had news of the deaths of four 
classmates: Natalie Wittich Morrow 
died in Feb. this year Sally Brothers 
Oliver died in Aug. 2006, as did Mikki 
Ballard Porter, and the college only 
recently received word that Betty 
Folmar Hunt died in Sept. 2005. In total, 
we have 1 7 members of the Class of 
1 957 having reunions in the sky, which is 
about 1 per cent of the number who first 
gathered in the fall of 1953. 

Beth Muncy Lives! Or at least her 
shade. Jul. took me to Oxford for the 
month of Jul. studying 17'" Century 
English history, back to Austin, got my 
teeth cleaned, grabbed my Golden and 
headed off for Maine until mid-Oct. I am 
finally going to get to visit the Polar Bears 
in Churchill in Nov., and come spring, 
Dudley and I will continue working our 
way down the great rivers of Europe. 

I have re-upped as your class 
secretary (someone apparently slipped 
me some of Lou's nut pills). I am 
convinced many more of the Class of 
1957 have email than have reported to 
the college. I will make you a deal. If you 
will share with me, I will not share with 

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anyone else. It does make life easier 
than sending out those little postcards, 
nnd I am about to run out of the supply 
I bought when the Alumnae Association 
quit handing them out, 

I never leave home without my 
laptop or my American Express card. The 
email address is carol@curnon,n et Only 
American Express and I know the rest. 
Send me your information. I can write as 
often as I know what to write. 

All best to the most Glorious Class 
of 1957. 




rV,, ..,.,. ..vcv.- ??\a<, rers. aoos 

Mrs. Edward J. Kuntz, Jr. 
222 Irving Ave 
Dayton, OH 45409-2405 


Mary Ballou Handy Ballentine 
631 7 Three Chopt Road 
Richmond, VA 23226 

This must be brief because everything 
I have to report comes from my own 
associations with classmates (thank 
goodness for Book Group!), not from any 
correspondence except with Snowdon 
Durham Byron, who happily reports 
successful recovery from back surgery. 
We all cheer her on! 

The Book Group had 2 "surprise" 
visitors to the meeting at Tabb Thornton 
Farlnholt's in Apr: Barbara Sampson 
Borsch from Philidelphia (where her 
husband teaches theology in an interim 
position) and Sue Hight Rountree from 
nearby Williamsburg. We had a rousing 
discussion of Sara Gruen's, Water for 

Courtney Gibson Pelley invited 
us to visit one of her beautiful beach 
cottages in Emerald Isle, NC. Susan 
Taylor Montague-Reese joined the 
group. Sadly, I couldn't go, but happily, 
I saw my granddaughter (5) dance. In 
Jun , Judy Sorley Chalmers-Simpson 
came down with charming husband Kep, 
rented a riverside cottage in Ware Neck, 
Gloucester Co. and arranged a mini- 
reunion luncheon, including Virginia 
McKeithan Cutchin and Liz Chambers 
Burgess from Norfolk. 

Exciting news! Gay Hart Gaines will 
be awarded the Distinguished Alumna 
Award at the founders' Day Convocation, 
Fri., Sept. 21 , at Babcock Auditorium. 
We're so proud! 

Please write me or call me about 
anything you may want to share. 

Mrs. Fredrick D. Wampler 
Little Place Farm 
1406 Thomas Rd 
Wayne, PA 19087-1318 


Mrs. Jean A. Sharland 
1724 Aberdeen Circle 
Crofton,MD 21114-1618 



Parry Ellice Adam 
33 Pleasant Run Road 
Flemington, NJ 08822 
momadi © 

How opportune for a class secretary to 
have a publication deadline just following 
our 45'" Reunion. It was a delightful 
weekend, the weather and the beauty of 
the campus each at #10! 

Fri. night was the ideal "welcome 
aboard" honoring Lydia Daniel and 
Peter joining us. They're marvelous — no 
change in 45 years and many tales 
to share. Sat.'s convocation was 
inspirational; we're all a part of a winning 
team. Betsy Pearson Griffin did a 
fantastic job as leader of the annual 
fund drive. Class president Adele Vogel 
Harrell led the pack and majestically 
assembled our scrapbook in "hi-tech" 
format for all to view. Big job, well done! 

Sat. evening was a universal 
gathering of classes at Prothro with 
a festive atmosphere. Although there 
weren't a lot ot us, it was a good size 
for visiting. Those present were Mary 
Hannah, Linda Emery Miller, Kim 
Patmore Cool. Mary Jane Shroder 
Oliver Hubbard. Julia Shellds. Adele 
Vogel Harrell Betsy Pearson Griffin. 
Puddin Newberry Lansing Gray 
Baird, and Parry Ellice Adam. 

The Sun. morning service was 
meaningful and well directed, a fitting 
conclusion for a memorable weekend. We 
witnessed many tips on making our 50'" 
truly spectacular. You'll be hearing more 
during the next 5 years! 

\ ...>i' 16-16. SClV 

Mrs. Heinz K. Simon 
Allie Stemmons 
3701 Guadalajara Court 
Irving, Texas 75062 

In Apr., 3 roommates who spent their 
junior year in Paris. Chris Devol 
Wardlaw. Valerie Elbrick Hanlon and 

Gayle Lyman Reid (non-SBC housemate) 
reunited for the first time in 46 years 
at Valerie's Paris apt. Chris and Valerie 
wrote glowing reviews of the grand time. 
They walked, talked, and voyaged through 
Burgundy, spent a few days at a chateau 
near Lyon and "ate and drank as you can 
only in France," Each of the 3 have a son 
who is an attorney. Valerie returned to 
NY in Ivlay to resume her grandmother 
role. She and Debbie Doherty Geller 
rode a pedicab to the Imperial Theater on 
Broadway to see Valerie's niece, Xanthe 
Elbrick, star in "Coram Boy" for which she 
was nominated for a Tony award. 
Lynn Carol Blau and Jeffrey 
celebrated her "big birthday" with a 2- 
week trip to Peru and sites around IVIachu 
Picchu Susan Scott Robinette and 
Lamar went to Costa Rica in May on their 
own, no reservations, just rental car and 
guidebooks. They were amazed at what 
they could see and do independently. 
Susan's Spanish helped. She says Costa 
Rica is beautiful, but rugged. Susan and 
Lamar live on a farm in the foothills of 
the Appalachians near Clemson U. Lyn 
Clark Pegg followed up her month of 
language school in Nicaragua with 2 
weeks on a Witness for Peace delegation 
to Columbia and Venezuela, and 
another "Flowers, Food and Free Trade" 
delegation to Columbia is planned for 
Jan. Jane Goodridge and George had a 
wonderful cruise to Portugal and Spain in 
Apr. They loved Lisbon and the Algarve, 
very impressed with Seville and Granada, 
enjoyed Barcelona before returning home 
to Charleston. Jean Meyer Aloe is 
taking a break from her creative writing 
studies to enjoy Ireland. This fall she 
will be poetry competition co-editor for 
literary magazine. Inkwell. Betty Stanly 
Gates looks forward to having Penny 
Pamplin Reeves as her houseguest, 
4th of July. In Sept., Betty journeys to 
the Holy Land with a group from Trinity 
Episcopal Church, Vero Beach, and in 
mid-Oct. will be visiting China, Burma 
and Thailand. Judy Gutches Needham 
looks forward to a trip to southern Africa 
in Jul.: Capetown, Victoria Falls and 
camps in Botswana and Krueger Park. 
This is her 1 1 th year on the Fort Worth 
(TX) school board, has 5 grandchildren, 
many pets. Back from South Africa is 
Kathy Caldwell Patten who traveled 

with sister and niece. In Botswana, Kathy 
had a snoring water buffalo sleeping 
under her tent (Kathy said it sounded just 
like home!). In the other direction, from 
Denmark to the USA, Harriett Reese 
Jensen crossed the ocean twice tins 
year visiting friends and family, once to 
Antigua and once to see her daughter 
and grandson (4 mo.) In OE. Her next trip 
will be to Ireland In Aug., she expects her 
8th grandchild in Oct. 

Lee Kucewicz Parham retired from 
teaching French and is "celebrating by 
never waking up to an alarm clock and 
having my Starbucks at leisure." She will 
accompany a friend on a trip to Geneva in 
Aug., but first she and John are coming 
to CO mid-Jul. to visit Heinz and me in 
Snowmass and her sister, Veta, in Grand 
Junction, Lisa Wood Hancock and Pete 
and Keitt Matheson Wood and Frank 
will join the party. The Woods returned 
from a beach vacation with children 
and grandchildren, all their siblings and 
cousins (including SBC grads Elizabeth 
and l\yiary Matheson), 19 in all! 

In Jun., Julia Arnold Morey threw 
a "big" birthday party (60 attended!) for 
husband Russ. They'll go to Nags Head 
in Aug. and NYC and Block Island, and 
Portugal in fall. Sallie Yon Williams will 
follow her 2 weeks in Verbier, Switzedand, 
for the music festival with a visit to son 
Courtney and wife Nazli in Istanbul. 
Courtney and Nazli expect their first child 
in Nov. Sallie's other son Whitridge lives 
in NYC and with 5 other bankers has 
started PennantPark Investment Corp., 
which is trading on the NASDAQ. Lucy 
Otis Anderson says husband David has 
taken a bedroom for his office. Another 
is full of Shirley's wedding gifts while 
she and Norm continue to look for a 
house, and they're storing furniture for 
older daughter Lucy who is on a 2-year 
assignment to Chester, England, for Bank 
of America. Not a lot of room left! Mama 
Lucy and David hope to visit Chester 
soon. Barby Rockefeller Bartlett has 
a new grandson, Thomas John, 2nd 
child of son David and wife Beth. Big 
sister Anna (3) is adjusting well! Barby's 
younger son Jonathan and his wife Paige 
have 2 boys. Gavin (3) and Brody (1). 
Rinda King deBeck still teaches history 
at UNCG. Daughter Karia, a psychiatrist 
with twins (7), remarries next weekend 
in Chapel Hill, Older daughter Lauren, 
a dentist in Chapel Hill, serves on town 
council, has 2 gids. Her son Christian 
finished his Urology residency, moving 
to Wilmington, NC. Rinda says she and 
Greensboro friends are always comparing 
who has how many grandchildren and 
she's behind! Pat Calkins Wilder and 
Mike have only one "perfect" grandchild, 
Ben (9) in Seattle. Ben is the son of Chris, 
district coordinator for the International 
Baccalaureate program, and wife Rayne. 

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Daughter Kelley married last Aug. and 
is a research fellow at the Max Planck 
Institute in Berlin. Pat continues her 
photography while Mike is "sort of on the 
edge" of retiring. 

The fun of writing notes is suddenly 
hearing from "long lost" classmates; 
this happened twice last week! First. 
a wonderful letter from Robin Swaim 
Davis in Memphis. A few years ago 
Robin entered the U. of Memphis as 
a grad student in creative writing, 
the oldest grad student, she claims, 
although her curriculum draws "many 
interesting mature adults who have 
wonderful stories to tell." Now, she's 2 
courses from her MFA. She started in 
Nonfiction, but when required to take a 
Fiction class found her true niche and is 
now working on her thesis project, Ruth, 
whom she promises to bring to reunion 
next spring! Meanwhile Robin is applying 
for part-time adjunct college teaching 
positions in English and Music. She 
jokes that she's been advised to deliver 
all her applications by hand so no one 
will suspect she's a grandmother of 9 
and they'll skip right over her birth date! 
Robin sounds happy and enthusiastic 
and just as beautiful as always. My 2"" 
great surprise came from Norma Cook 
with whom I had lost touch. Norma spent 
some time as a landscape architect in the 
Ft. Worth, TX, Parks Dept., but returned 
to Mobile in '87 to care for parents. Her 
father died in '88; she lived with her 
mother until she died in '05. Norma says 
"I wanted to go to China and couldn't so 
God brought China to me." She carries 
on a ministry in the Chinese community, 
reading the Bible in Chinese and English, 
teaching reading skills and Christianity. 

Ann Knickerbocker IVIcCulloch 
writes, "Tis my season for cataract 
extraction/ocular implant surgery — 
miraculous! What a gift to see without 
glasses! I recommend it should it become 
necessary." On a similar subject, Karen 
Gill Meyer says Jim had 3 eye surgeries 
in 7 weeks, lost sight in his right eye "but 
he is such a positive person; his spirits 
are good, and he's playing golf!" Karen 
enjoyed her first year on the Sweet Briar 
Board of Trustees and says we should all 
be proud of the direction Sweet Briar is 
taking under the incredible leadership of 
Betsy (President Muhlenfeld). 

Let's plan to convene at Sweet Briar 
next May for our 45th reunion and see for 
ourselves how great things are! Expect a 
call from our fund-raisers extraordinaire, 
Jane and Jean, about a class reunion gift! 

Keep your news coming! Best to all! 


Ms. Virginias. deBuys 
H16 Shirley Lane 
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648-1425 


Sally Hubbard 
52 Sherwood Trail 
SewaneeTN 37375-2166 

Beth Hunt Allcott says her recent family 
fun was awarding 3 college scholarships 
to recent immigrants. Mimi Macht was 

on the selection committee. The top 
candidate, an Arab from Ethiopia wanting 
to be a physician, is headed to Cornell. 
Beth's daughter Elizabeth just graduated 
from there. This is the daughter who was 
7 at our 25th reunion when someone 
turned to her and said, "Beth, my 
daughter just got married!" Who said 
that? Eugenia Dickey Caldwell and 
Peter attended Jazz Fest in New Orleans 
in Apr and May, visited friends and birded 
in southern LA. Day-to-day living in LA 
is hard; there are constant obstacles to 
overcome, even in parts of New Orleans 
that look good. Very few poor, uninsured 
people have received the promised grants 
to rebuild/repair Birding in Cameron 
Parish was not such a good idea; it has 
been wiped out since Hurricane Rita, 
Between the annual Audubon Society 
trip to Mt. Lassen in northern CA and 
a family reunion in CT on July 4, they 
both work full time in San Francisco. 
Maryellen Freese Cota joined husband 
Alberto's choir They learned the Vivaldi 
"Gloria," sing for weddings, are preparing 
for a concert in Aug. She adores her 
5 grandchildren, but admits she likes 
grandmothering best one on one. 

Scribble Scribner Euston says 
life is routine: they travel, play with 
grandchildren, fish, boat, etc. Bunny 
Sutton Healy sits at the front desk, 
troubleshoots at Park School outside 
Boston. There's plenty of time for 
country life, golf, piano, garden, walks, 
photography, cooking, and traveling. 
Husband Jay has a lumber operation in 
western MA and a consulting business for 
agricultural matters. Son Eben graduated 
from Haverford Coll. and works in the 
Development Office there, awaiting the 
perfect job, preferably with the Red Sox. 
Daughter Elizabeth loves her job as a vet 
tech in Evergreen, CO. Sally McCrady 
Hubbard's husband Chades broke his 
hip in May. He had just returned from 
a watercolor course at Ghost Ranch in 
NM so is painting while housebound. 
They take advantage of Sewanee's rich 

summer offerings, concerts and writers' 
conferences. Grandson Duncan (7) and 
Sally completed the 20-mi. Perimeter Trail 
around the Sewanee campus, Jun. 

Dabney Williams McCoy spent a 
weekend in Rodanthe, N.C., with Sallie 
Mullins Thompson and new husband. 
Daughter Catherine married 6/23 at 
the family summer place in ME, then 
returned to Lausanne, Switzerland, where 
her husband works for Philip Morris 
International. 2 adorable grandsons live in 
Richmond, 3 in Chadotte. Susan Strong 
McDonald, on a 50% phased retirement 
program, is teaching art summers and fall 
at the community college and wintering 
in FL, late Dec-May A new book on the 
women's gallery she was part-founder 
of in the '80s, Warm.- /I Feminist Art 
Coilective in !\/!innesota. by Joanna Inglot, 
was published by U. of MN Press and 
includes her work with that of 1 1 others. 
She took care of the 3 MN grandchildren 
(6, 3, 1) for 4 days — wonderful but long 

Laura Haskell Phinizy says all's 
well. She and Stewart visit Spain in Sept. 
with the UNC alumni group, Traylor 
Rucker loves retirement in Mount 
Pleasant, SC. She volunteers at the 
hospital with community/neighborhood 
organizations and at Grace Episcopal 
Church in Charleston. Grace produced 
a well-acclaimed CD of its choirs and 
congregational singing, called "0 For 
a Thousand Tongues," available with 
Pro Organo label. She invites alumnae 
headed to Charleston for festivals. Over 
the last couple of years, the floor of 
Magda Salvesen's studio has become 
a makeshift base for visits to NY by 
SBC foreign students from Scotland, 
Germany, and Italy It's fascinating to hear 
their daily adventures. Magda teaches 
at the NY Botanical Garden and at the 
New School U., and works with the 
Jon Schueler estate. There have been 
3 one-person exhibitions of Schueler's 
paintings this year A group show is on 
the road for a couple of years. Saralyn 
McAfee Smith and Hamp have a new 
granddaughter, Cheyenne Nicole Tawater 
born 1/10/07. Hamp is great after 5 
bypasses last summer and a new heart 
valve. They take senior aerobics; baby 
sit Cheyenne each day while daughter 
Laura works. In summer they have 
Laura's other daughter, Sierra (7) with 
them as well. Saralyn words as volunteer 
secretary for their church, St. Cornelius' 
Episcopal, and is on the vestry. She and 
Hamp celebrated their 41st anniversary 
on 6/26/07. 

Kathleen Watson Taylor and 
Marshall are grandparents 5 times over, 
all age 4 and under, and expect number 6 
in Oct. All grandchildren live nearby. Their 
children are healthy and great parents; 
they feel blessed. Marshall retired from 

his radiology practice 3 years ago and 
enjoys work on their farm property. They 
hope to build a home on the farm. They 
left the Episcopal Church and affiliated 
with the Anglican Mission in America. 
Kathleen takes piano lessons, enjoys 
gardening. Sally Rasco Thomas is still 
a Planned Giving Director at the American 
Heart Association, travels frequently in 
southern CA, enjoys her 3 grandchildren. 
She recently saw Brooke Patterson 
Koehler who was fresh from a round- 
the-world cruise, lucky girl. 

Chris Kilcullen Thurlow has 
lived in Old Greenwich, CT 32 years. 
She leads an active life "for an old 
bird." She's Vice Chair of the Board of 
the Nathaniel Witherell Nursing Home, 
which is embarking on a $40 million 
rebuilding project. She received her 
Master Gardener's certificate in '04, 
teaches the elements of garden design, 
and uses gardening therapy with seniors. 
Husband Steve, partly retired, is active 
as the president of the NFL Alumni of 
CT He started a new bank, the Bank of 
Greenwich, and is involved in numerous 
charitable activities. They have 4 
grandchildren under age 3 and expected 
twins when she wrote. All live close 
by; life is sweet surrounded by family 
They've spent time and much of the 
children's inheritance traveling to Africa 
(climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro and went on 
safari). South America (Galapagos, Peru, 
Atacama Desert and Patagonia), Europe 
(Normandy), Asia (Bhutan, Tibet, Nepal, 
Thailand), and spent several weeks on the 
Trans-Siberian Railway crossing Siberia. 
Home Is always best. 


Makanah Dunham Morriss 
1317 Rocky Mountain Road 
Forest, VA 24551 

Randi Miles Long 
19Hidden Valley Road 
Lafayette, CA 94549 

As your co-class secretaries, Randi and 
I are grateful to all who shared news 
and reflections — good to hear from you. 
For many of us, retirement begins (or is 
seriously considered), we discover that 
this means a re-engagement with life's 
flow and wonders in new ways. 

Meredith Aldrich writes the 
primary school she founded in Geneva, 
NY celebrated its 30th anniversary. She 
teaches K-1 part time, continues poetry 
writing and singing. 

Emily Baker Cleaves and Alan 
retired in '06 and moved to Dallas, OR, 
near Salem. They enjoy living in a 55-)- 

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community. After a 3-week visit witli 
4 ctiiidren and 6 grandctiildren in CA 
ttiey look forward to an extended cross- 
country motor home trip next year. 

Judy Barthold De Simone writes: 
"I am a teriibiL' piociastinaloi (excuses, 
excuses), whicfi is wfiy this is running 
close to your deadline. Really, I don't have 
NEWS, am still in IN (since '98) living in 
a big, small apartment over my mother's 
residence. Frank and I operate my law 
office (mom comes in when she wants 
to) and [l| still call myself "law/yering." 
Location and set-up suits because we 
can break away for 1 -2 weeks to visit 
grandgids (5, 3) in IVID or grandboy (10) 
in MA. When in MD, I touch base with 
Linda Wallace Bailey. ..So, good family, 
good friends, and good ideas keep me 

Mary Ann Calhoun Farmer and 
Tom travel more now tliat he retired from 
real estate. They went to the Eastern 
Mediterranean in Jun., to CO in Jul. 
where 2 daughters live. Oldest daughter 
lives in Richmond, VA. They have 4 
grandchildren, another due in Sept. 

Jean Campbell Barquin in 
Bethesda, MO (24 years now) celebrates 
30 years of marriage with Ramon. She 
retired last year from job of 1 2 years 
as librarian at St. Patrick's Episcopal 
Day School in Washington, DC, loves 
retirement! Son Nick turned 28 and 
lives/works in NYC. He's engaged to be 
married. Daughter Elisa lives, studies, and 
works in Spain. 

Kathryn Carroll Mathewson and 
husband Dave live in Signal Mountain, 
TN where Kathy is Associate Rector of 
St. Timothy's, a vibrant ministry. She also 
works on a D. Min. in Preaching. Dave is 
business manager of the Bright School 
in Chattanooga. Daughters Heather and 
Carrie live in Pittsboro, NC where Kathy's 
treasure lies: 2 grandchildren. Kate (6 

Victoria Chainski Verity lives in 
Beaufort, SC with husband Jon who 
retired from banking after 38 years. They 
joined Jon's brother and sister-in-law in 
an investment company. Verity and Verity, 
LLC and travel a lot. They "love having 
houseguests," be sure to include Beaufort 
on your travels. 

Sarah Dean McGill writes: after 
14 years as a "stay-at-home mom" 
and 20 years teaching junior high math 
and science, she retired in '04. Like 
everyone else, she discovered retirement 
is anything but! She has one grandchild, 
an adorable boy (2) to spend Fridays 
with, loves it! She became certified as 
a volunteer naturalist at The Falls of the 
OH State Park, where she works with 
school groups who visit the Devonian 
fossil beds. She spends hours working 
with community theatre, not acting, but 
administrating and almost anything else. 

Husband Joel is still in general practice in 
Brownstown, loves it, will probably work a 
while longer, Sarah came to SBC Reunion 
'06 at the behest of Abby Patterson 
Shultis and Holly Hemphill Cramerus, 
who phoned her on Chrislnias day ol 'U5, 
She was afraid she wouldn't remember 
anyone except Abby Holly, and Kit, but 
writes ol a wonderlul time! 

Marilyn Garabrant Morris was 
fortunate to have seen regularly Mary 
Meade Gordon Winn Marty Rogers 
Brown jikI Eleanor Gilmore Morris 
either in FL where Marilyn and husband 
live during the winter, or in Chadds Ford, 
PA in summer. Marilyn sees Ginny Lee 
Butters in Wilmington, DE. 

Deborah Haslam Peniston writes: 
"All is well in Vero Beach, FL in winter, 
and Sharon, CT in summer. Lots of golf 
and bridge. 2 new grandchildren in CA, 
lots of visits there." 

Diana Herran Barrett lives in NY 
having left Harvard U. after 25 years. 
She now runs a film production company 
that produces and supports documentary 
films, "a new career and great fun!" 

From Jeannie Jackson Exum: 
"Joe and I live in Kinston, NC with 3 
Jack Russell terriers. Our children are 
married with children and all 3 live within 
2 hours of us: Jay is a federal prosecutor 
in Raleigh; Manning works with his dad 
in the family business (Happy Jack, 
inc.) in Greenville, NC; and Sallie works 
for Wyeth Pharmaceutical, lives with 
family in Chapel Hill, NC. They've made 
us grandparents of 5 who bring us 
immeasurable joy I retired from nearly 
40 years of on-and-oft teaching Latin 
and French in public and private schools. 
I loved it, but haven't looked back since. 
I enjoy free time that I've never had. 
My closets are a little more organized, 
my garden looks more like what I had 
envisioned 35 years ago. We spend time 
on the coast, took an extended trip to 
New Zealand in Jan. We're constantly 
aware and grateful for this special time 
in outlives." 

Sally Kalber Fiedler and husband 
Jay celebrated their 40'" anniversary with 
a trip to Italy last year highlighted by hot 
air ballooning in Tuscany. "Pure bliss." 
Daughter Julie, working for NBC in NY 
plans an Oct. wedding at Sally and Jay's. 
Lee, Caryn, and grandson Alex (4) will 
move to Portland, OR this summer. 

Lee Mackubin Miller in Atlanta 
returned from walking the pilgrimage 
to Santiago (1 30 mi. through central 
Spain) with husband and middle daughter 
Macon. "A truly strenuous, meaningful 
and beautiful experience." Her joy is "my 
God, my family, reading, exercising, and 
living to the fullest." She still works with 
the mentally impaired, 

Martha Madden Swanson writes: 
"I'm retiring end of Jun. after 23 years 

at Georgetown U. working with student 
groups and organizations. It's been a 
wonderful run; I'll be sad to leave my 
marvelous colleagues and students, 
but it's time. I've the usual plans: sleep, 
garden, read, do needlework, travel. I'll 
continue lundraising lor the school in 
the Kibera slum in Nairobi, Kenya (or h.s. 
students whose parents died of AIDS. 
We're raising funds to build a new school, 
for operating expenses and scholarships 
for graduates. It's run by a Jesuit we met 
on our immersion trip in Jun. '05. Children 
are fine: Michael and Dottie are still in 
the same house and jobs, and daughter 
Sarah is with a new marketing company 
in NYC. Hard to believe it's been a year 
since Reunion." 

Cindi Michel Blakely and Bobby are 
proud grandparents of 2 girls (3, 5) and 
one boy (1) in Ann Arbor, Ml. Cindy and 
Bobby travel between D.C. and Houston 
with Bobby's job at Fannie May, just 
bought a summer home in Rl that they're 
trying to make habitable. She's involved 
in the library at Charter School in D.C, 
has seen Susan Kjeldsen Roos and 
Linda Reynolds Stern. 

Kathy Mockett and husband John 
enjoy semi-retirement. John works part 
time; she tutors h.s. students in French, 
Spanish, and Italian. They love going to 
their house on Cape Cod, just finished 
remodeling upstairs. Stepdaughter Lisa 
and husband Todd will be parents in Jul. 
Daughter Alyson is doing her post doc 
in a cancer research lab at MIT Other 
daughter Amanda has toured with her 
band "The Dresden Dolls" for 2-3 years 
(opening up for Cindy Lauper). Kathy 
and John are both active in church; he's 
the financial chair, she is in choir and on 
welcoming committee. 

Jane Nelson writes, "I'm still 
working at Westminster-Canterbury, 
Richmond, in pastoral care. Penn, 
Kennan, and I met in Nashville, late May 
for a weekend. Kennan and I stayed to 
attend a Festival of Homiletics (great 

Andrea Pearson Pennington is 
Court Referee (25 years) at Strickland 
Youth Center, and husband Al is a private 
practice attorney. Oldest daughter Katy 
married in May in Mobile. Younger 
daughter Anna lives and works in Atlanta. 
She misses them, but is grateful for cell 
phones. Andrea saw roommate Martha 
Madden Swanson when visiting D.C, 
"trying to figure out what to do when I 

Lida Pierce Small and Wayne have 
lived on Capitol Hill, D.C, since 1994. 
She's a concierge at the Mayflower Hotel 
and just received the gold keys of the 
International Les Clefs d'Or Concierge 
Association. She has 2 grandsons, Evan 
(8) and Colin (4) in Philadelphia and a 3'° 
grandchild on the way this summer in CO. 

Diana Simrell Savory shares: 
'Philip's and iny lile in Goshen, CT, Is 
lovely. We live in the house we bought 
in '74 and moved into when Jess was 
2 wks old. She's now 331 NW CT is still 
a beautiful natural setting. Favorites lor 
me are outdoors; the Housatonic River, 
wildlife, and the garden. Ottier joys are 
yoga and meditation. I continue to teach 
at Washington Montessori. It has been a 
community lor the family for years." 

Sally Thomas Hoffman lives in Ihe 
country on 5 acres witli big trees and 
deer. Lots of projects— she has a garden 
spot, loves being in the dirt. She's active 
in Ihe American Sewing Guild Chapter 
and was the Education Chair lor 3 years. 
Husband Paul is building large shop on 
his property for his toys (metal working 
machinery). Last year, they went to 
Brazilian coast where the adventurous 
brother-in-law lives. Sally loved it, most 
of all Iguazu Falls on the Argentinian 
border. They also stayed at an eco ranch; 
saw lots of wildlife: emus, toucans, giant 
anteaters, monkeys and ocelots. 

Sid Turner shared these reflections: 
"I've come to a time in my life when it's 
natural to do some assessment of where I 
am and where I am going. I've gone from 
acquisition to downsizing mode. However, 
I've had limited success with downsizing 
my waistline, our books, and my list of 
doctors. I miss my younger, healthier, 
stronger, more flexible body. However, 
I prefer my current hair (natural silver 
frosting) and skin (no zits). I thought when 
I retired I would have time for reading the 
newspapers, magazines, and books, that 
the house would be immaculate, etc., 
ha! In our carefree retirement, husband 
Lee and I enjoy traveling. These days, 
however, I'm more mindful of how far 
away decent medical care is. I enjoy 
getting together with friends and family, 
am active in church where I continue to 
search for spiritual insights. My house 
keeps me busy. Everywhere I look, things 
are screaming: "Clean me! Fix me! Move 
me! Get rid of me! Replace me! Organize 
me!" Retirement communities are starting 
to look interesting, but I can't possibly 
move until I take care of the mess." 

Julie Whitehurst MacKinlay writes 
that after 20 years in VA Beach raising 
her family, working with Ed, being an 
EMT on the Rescue Squad, they bought 
a 1 50 acre farm in Rockbridge Co. near 
Lexington, but kept a small "carriage 
house" at the Beach. One of 4 daughters 
lives at the Beach, 2 live in Richmond 
and one lives near Pensacola, FL. All 
but the youngest are married; they have 
6 grandchildren (including twins!). Ed 
practices some international corporate 
law (from a tenant house on the farm — 
yay computers!). Her greatest satisfaction 
besides family is being involved with the 
Garden Club of VA. 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

Fall 2007 • 45 

For Muriel Wikswo Lambert 

it tias been another busy year. She 
continues research on cancer prone 
genetic diseases, Fanconi anemia ar\ii 
xeroderma pigmentosum, supported 
by NIH grants. She's still head of the 
Ph.D. graduate program in Molecular 
Pathology and Immunology at UMDNJ-NJ 
Medical School, teaches in the graduate 
program and directs the research of grad 
students and a Research Associate. Clark 
is Director of Dermatopathology at the 
Med. School. Daughter Anastasia finished 
her 2nd year of Med. school, is headed 
to South America at the end of summer 
for 2 months of work in family medicine 
and to brush up on her Spanish. Son 
Phelps graduated (Cornell); completed 
his Master's from Eastern Carolina U. Her 
other son, Peter has finished his junior 
year at Wesleyan U. With all the children 
at college, graduate or medical school. 
Clark and Muriel decided to remodel 
the kitchen and like many projects this 
took on a life and timeline of its own. 
The kitchen almost complete, other parts 
of their Tudor House are next in line for 

Penn Willets Fullerton writes 
that life is full. She's blessed with one 
grandchild whom she takes care of 
every Tues. and 2 in San Diego. She still 
teaches creative writing in public schools 
and tutors kids at home, loves it. She tries 
to tit time for her writing. She and George 
have a cabin in the Sierra foothills and go 
there often. Penn and Jane Nelson had a 
mini-reunion at the Grand '01 Oprey, TN. 
Susan Dodson Hiller couldn't make it 
due to new grandson's arrival. 

Rab Willis Finlay Thompson 
has been blessed to remarry wonderful 
George Thompson, a lifelong Virginian. 
She spends half the year in Northern 
VA, some in her SC home and part of 
the summer in ME. She and husband 
visit children and grandchildren and the 
world. She rides almost daily and hunts 
in VA and SC. She has 6 grandchildren 
(3-8) who love the farm and horses! 
She gave up college teaching when she 
married George, but finds herself busier 
than ever, is working for conservation and 
environmental causes. She's trying to 
use the land well, spends time learning 
about farming and energy conservation 
techniques. Walking around the place in 
the evening is very satisfying, especially 
accompanied by a grandchild or 2, 

Judy Wilson Grant says CO is still 
great. Since retiring from teaching 6 
years ago, she has enjoyed volunteering 
for the Denver Antiques Show and Sale, 
Denver Botanic Gardens, Garden Club 
of Denver, Denver Debutante Ball, U. of 
Denver Humanities Institute and serving 
on the SBC Board of Directors. Her 
offspring: Caroline (24) lives, works in 
Chicago; Newell, Jr. (26) works for his 

boarding school, Westminster; Will (28) 
trains horses in Bowie, TX; Margaret 
(30) married last year, teaches at Denver 
School for Science and Technology 

Bob and I, Makanah Dunham 
Morriss are finally moving into our re- 
created, remodeled (in eco-sustainable 
ways) home in Forest, VA after our first 1 4 
mos. of retirement in a travel trailer! We 
love the property, sharing the adjoining 
acreage with Kit Baker Sydnor and 
husband Kendall. Kit and daughter Jenn 
run a great barn and training facility that 
we share. Riding horses, being involved 
with local church and community social 
activities, visiting our children and one 
grandson in NJ make life full and good. 
Since Betty Booker Morriss is married 
to Bob's brother Dabney, I get to keep 
up with Betty not only as a SBC "sister" 
but also as sister-in law. Can't get better 
than that! 

Send your news and wisdom anytime 
(we get to have class notes in the SBC 
magazine anytime we have some!) 
to either me or Randi. We will send a 
reminder nudge once a year to help us 
stay connected. 



Diane "Toots" Dalton 
Milwaukee, Wl 53202 

Reunion 2007 was a fine celebration 
and a wonderful visit with 27 classmates 
back on campus. We surpassed our 
Reunion Giving goal. A big thanks goes 
to Gail Robbins O'Quin for all her work 
and everyone who supported Sweet 
Briar. Judi Bensen Stigle and I 'ran " 
unopposed for class officers although we 
did try to recruit new officers; so we're 
back for a few more years. Please help us 
gather and share news and I'll have a full 
report for the next issue of the magazine. 



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Lynne G. Detmer Adorning 
208 Packets Ct. 
Williamsburg, VA 23185 


Ms. Nancy Crawford Bent 
14Dopping Brook Road 
Sherborn, MA 01770-1049 

Mrs. Nia Eldridge Eaton 
461 Rittenhouse Boulevard 
Jeffersonville, PA 19403-3382 


Ms. Lynne Sprinsky 
The Old Smithy 
Montoursville, PA 17754 

Mrs. Eugene P. Whetzel 
2696 Coventry Road 
Columbus, OH 43221-3226 


Jill Johnson 

2012 Wolftrap Oaks Ct 

Vienna, VA 22182 

We had a fabulous reunion. Our total 
'72 Class Gift was $210,131 with 69% 
participation, setting the record for 35th 
Reunion Class Giving. We're on the 
Record Plaque in Prothro! Again! 

Many of our class were in 
attendance Jennifer Linsley Alphin, 
Marty Nelll Boney Ginger Upchurch 
Collier, Carter Frackelton, Eileen 
Gebrian Janet Nelson Gibson Kathy 
Keys Graham. Jill Johnson Edna Ann 
Osmanski Loftus. Karen Medford, 
Betty Moricle Peggy Morrison- 
Outon Jeannette Pillsbury. Gail 
Garner Resch Bonnie Moe Stook. 
Kathy Upchurch Takvorian, Mary Sue 
Morrison Thomas, Marion Walker 
(our Pres in Perpetuity), Sue Shields 
White. Marcia Wittenbrook. Susan 
Snodgrass Wynne. We missed all who 
could not celebrate with us. 

Nancy Hagar Breutsch writes she 
was not able to respond to the reunion 
information or the questionnaire because 
she was going through chemotherapy for 
non-Hodgkins lymphoma. She is happy 
to report good news. The chemotherapy 
treatment seems to have worked and the 
scans are clear She is back at work full 
time, but still gets tired by the end of the 
day. She was sorry to miss all the fun at 
the Reunion but will make a big effort to 
get to the 40th. Nancy now lives in North 
Palm Beach, FL, and works in the security 
industry. She is a training manager at the 
corporate headquarters of The Wackenhut 
Corporation. Her children are grown 
and living in Denver, CO. Daughter Kim 
is an attorney and is married. Daughter 
Kelly is a 5th grade teacher and is going 
to school at the U.CO for a Master's in 

English Literature. Son Matt works for 
NAPA auto parts. Nancy plans to visit 
them this summer for her birthday. 

Lee Essrig returned to her 
hometown of Tampa, FL, last year after 
4 years in Brussels, Belgium, then 3 
in Minneapolis, and finally 1 years 
in Boston. Yes, she writes, you can go 
home again. Lee has been an ethics and 
compliance officer for almost 1 5 years 
and loves her work. There was an area 
alumnae gathering recently, and she 
was thrilled to see Jacque Penny '71 , 
whom Lee had not seen since Jacque 
graduated. What a treat it was to catch 
up with her after 36 years! Returning to 
Tampa has allowed Lee to reconnect with 
friends and family, she is delighted to be 

Deirdre Conley moved back to FL — 
same company, new job as Southeast 
Division Sales Director. She's responsible 
for wine sales from FL to NC to TX 
for Boisset America. Husband Gerard 
and "Dede" loved living north of San 
Francisco, near the wine country, with 
cool dry weather and lots of interesting 
places to visit. They took a last 2-week 
trip along the coast up to Mt. Olympus in 
WA. Gorgeous rocky coastline, redwood 
forests and they saw whales 3 times! But, 
it's nice to be home in FL and not wear 
a sweater every day Also, it's good to be 
back in sales after doing marketing, plus 
to be closer to family 

Mary Heller and I, Jill Johnson, 
returned from another visit to Rehobeth 
with Karen Medford. Janet Nelson 
Gibson joined us for a weekend, but 
Mary and I (Jill), courtesy of Karen, 
extended through Jul. 4'" and enjoyed 
fireworks on the beach. A big highlight 
was cocktails with Tina Hall Baugher. 
It was wonderful to see Tina and catch 
up on gossip about Renee Wellford, 
Caroline Mauck Grumbine, and Kakki 
Jones Morrison. We hope to see them 
in person one day 

Thanks for all your info for the 
Scrapbook. I hope you will be able to 
attend a Reunion and see all our class 
info and photos. I agreed to continue with 
the notes for another term. Please send 
any info you'd like to see in them. As 
soon as I have a reasonable amount, I'll 
publish again in the SBC Magazine. Send 
via snail or email; whatever works for you. 
Best to all. 

46 • Fall 2007 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magozine • 



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Louise Gilpin 
105 Centre St 
Milton, MA 02186 

Wendy Robertson says; "Can you help? 
I see tliat Lillian has gone. Do you know 
anything about It? I had looked lor her 
earlier and couldn't tind her listed. She 
and I were grade school classmates, hung 
out in h.s. at lunch, wandering the halls 
quietly instead ol staying in the noisy 
caleteria. I was close to her older sister 
Susan and still search for her." Wendy 
went through rough years, but is on top 
again. A divorce was part of it, bLit the 
good news: she relocated and is down the 
road from Sweet Briar, glad to be out of 
Richmond once and for all. Growing up on 
campus as a staff "brat," SBC has always 
been home. In fact, the property she owns 
of Waugh's Ferry Road, the back road to 
Amherst, backs up along its western flank 
to Sweet Briar's northernmost property. 
She can see the dam at the lower lake 
through the trees from her house. A riding 
trail edges her property. Wendy has also 
reunited with her h.s. /coll. sweetheart, 
Jim Robertson. His father was Chaplain 
at SBC from '66-'73. They live in her 
mother's house, built after Wendy's 
dad, 21 years Director of Buildings and 
Grounds at SBC, died. Her mother passed 
away 4 years ago, and Wendy returned 
home to the mountains and to Sweet Briar. 
Her 3 children live in Richmond. Raised 
in the city, they enjoy visits to the country, 
but they also enjoy the faster life Wendy 
was glad to leave. She still works for the 
VA Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer 
Services, playing with plants and insects, 
serving the citizens of the Commonwealth. 
Wendy was only a student at SBC in 
'71-72, returned to VCU in Richmond to 
finish her degree, later attending VA Tech 
as a grad student in Horticulture. Wendy 
writes that she hasn't been "sitting still, 
but I also haven't made much noise either. 
I'm glad to see that you and yours are 
doing well. I thank you for your diligence 
in handling the alumnae notes. Perhaps 
we will find each other at Reunion or 
Homecoming sometime." 

Reading the SBC Magazine made 
Renee Sterling melancholic for the 
dells and smell of the SBC spring. When 
she bought a house in Dallas, one 
requirement was that she could hear 
the birds chirping as they did when she 
lived in Carson. For the past 8 years, 
Renee has split her time between LA 
and Dallas, adores southern CA. She is 
still with Private Client Services at Smith 
Barney managing portfolios and financial 

Ms. Hannah Pillsbury 
Mequon.Wi 53092-8517 
Iiannalip71 32@sbcglobal.n8t 


Mrs. Clarke H. Crenshaw 

(Ann Kiley) 

1216 Cedar Point Drive 

Virginia Beach, VA 23451 

It's difficult to know where to begin. 
Our class is made of accomplished, 
talented women. SBC served us well and 
continues its mission in great measure 
due to the efforts of dedicated alumnae! 
We are proud of the input of classmates 
ensuring that SBC is a thriving institution, 
but also one where traditions are 
preserved. Their mission permits today's 
students and alumnae to share a 
common and life-long bond. 

We all love SBC, but there isn't a 
harder working class member than 
Sally Old Kitchin. Rather than report on 
her children's achievements (although 
I'll tell you her son Leggett graduated 
from W&L, daughter Maria (SBC grad) 
teaches at Norfolk Academy where her 
son William is a rising senior) she wanted 
me to pass on important information 
about SBC: The Challenge to the Class 
of '76 is to match a $250,000 gift to 
the Fitness and Athletic Center. This 
means significant Naming Opportunity 
for '76. The new facility is critical for 
attracting and retaining students. It will 
be a gathering place for students, guests, 
faculty, and staff, featuring Fitness and 
Wellness classes and a state-of-the-art 
workout facility. Athletic teams can use 
the space for practice. Events may be 
held at SBC to serve the community. With 
exception of the indoor pool, the gym 
hasn't been renovated since we arrived! 
It may be used for Commencement and 
events such as dances and concerts, 
tying the campus together. The Bistro will 
be located in the new building. Members 
of the challenge committee will contact 
classmates regarding this project! 

Another hard-working SBC Alum is 
Kit Newman Detering. Kit and Carl love 
empty nest life, busier than ever! After 
6 years of operating Hart and Hind, the 
Deterings are thrilled to have the Ranch 
to themselves. Kit has put a jukebox, pool 
table, and flat screen TV in the lodge; 
they love dancing into the early a.m. to 
oldies! Invite us back. Kit! Cassie will be 
a senior at Sewanee and Cados a junior 
at UT Austin, so the Deterings do a lot 
of "hook 'em horns" football games. Kit 
continues to serve on the SBC Board of 
Trustees. Carl and Kit are on both the 

Sewanee's and UT's Parents' Councils. 
She feels like they're back in college. 
Kit and Carl were busy last year with 
Cassie's presentation which started early 
Nov. They hosted a private party with 
another tamily at the Houston Country 
Club with just under 1000 on Dec 23rd, 
Kit is a provisional in the River Oaks 
Garden Club, she will dig every Mon, at 
Bayou Bend Sept-May lor the next 2 
years. The Deterings traveled to Buenos 
Aires, May, and plan a family trip, Jan., to 
Patagonia for fly-fishinq. 

Mary Beth Hamlin has been busy! 
She visited Meg Shields Duke at her 
darling home in Vail where she skied, 
dined and had tun at their now annual 
get-together. Peggy Weimer Parrlsh 
and MB went to Newport, Rl last fall to 
tour the Newport homes etc — lots of fun 
and walking — stayed in a charming B&B, 
Margot Mahoney Budin and MB spent 
a long weekend in Amelia Island/Sea 
Island relaxing and enjoying food, wine 
and scenery Margot, Peggy and MB 
went to Jackson Hole last year to ski, 
dog sled, and snowmobile to hot springs, 
swam amidst the snow, had a ball! She 
had dinner in Chicago with newlywed 
Gandi Casey who looks divine, works for 
William Blair. She was in Richmond for 
her daughter's field hockey championship 
fall '06 and had dinner with Carrington 
Wise Brown and family She visited her 
with lovely daughter Annie '06, stayed 
with her spring '07 for a long weekend, 
did Chicago touristy things, a wonderful 
visit. She ran in to Karen Adelson 
Strauss in Winnetka, had a quick chat; 
she's house hunting. Her daughter 
Caroline graduated from Chatham Hall 
and was excited to be admitted to Mount 
Holyoke, early decision. Though not SBC, 
it's a woman's college! Chatham Hall, 
like a junior SBC, has been the best 
experience for her. MB recommends it 
if anyone is looking for a super (girls) 
boarding school. Son Hollis is at home 
although he's considering boarding 
school for 10'" grade. He's a LAX and 
DDR nut, so much fun to have around. 
The 3 went to St. Croix with Chicago 
friends this past year, to Naples several 
times, to Beaver Creek at Christmas with 
a family who has children the same ages, 
and NYC together. She's still involved and 
active with a family business and enjoys 
the other side of 50! 

Meg Shields Duke brings news 
from CO! Actually she was in Paris when 
she penned her notes celebrating her 
daughter's (SBC JYF graduate, Margo) 
graduation from college! The Dukes 
planned to tour the SBC building with 
Margo, then to enjoy a farmhouse in 
Provence. Meg missed the last SBC 
reunion to attend her older daughter's 
once-in-a-litetime appearance in the 
NCAA Lacrosse Championships. They 

watched the games on TV to predict 
whether or not Meg would make II to 
SBC! Meg and Mary Beth Hamlin 

got together at SBC's 2" annual Fall 
Homecoming Weekend Meg and Jamie 
visited with Gray Thomas Payne '75 

and Tom In Camden, ME, on their way 
to younger daughter's Parents Weekend 
at Colby Coll. on Presidents' Weekend, 
Mary Beth and Meg skied toqelher m 
Vail. Meg caught up with Ann Stryker 
Busch at their 35th h.s. reunion in St. 
Louis. All are doing well! Meg and Jamie 
enjoyed middle child, Margo's Dartmouth 
graduation. Margo will be working at NY 
law firm Simpson Thacher next year while 
contemplating law school. Older son 
Jamie Jr. is in the accounting division of 
Vail Resorts, Inc., lives in a loft in lower 
downtown Denver with other Middlebury 
alums. At least one's still in CO! 

From Houston, Oede Ryan Ale 
enjoys life. John is busy running the 
Houston office of Skadden Arps; she 
volunteers with various organizations. 
Son John (19) will be a 2'" year at UVA, 
pledged KA, is happy Matthew (1 7) will 
be a senior at the Taft School, CT The 
Ales are looking at colleges for the fall 
application process. Sadly Dede lost both 
her parents last year. Dede and siblings 
have been cleaning out the house for its 
sale. Dede and John had a great time 
visiting with Lisa Robertson and Tim 
and Sally Kitchin and Jim at UVA. 

Norris Judd Fergeson and family 
moved back home to Houston in 6/06 
for a job opportunity for Grant, better 
h.s. options for the gids. Grant wort<s 
for Devon Energy, enjoys it. Norris still 
does appraisals, business is good, even 
though it's mostly Corpus Chhsti clientele. 
Daughter Katie will be a senior in h. s., 
youngest Cecily a sophomore. They're a 
joy The family has fun in Houston, sees 
old friends, visits the museums, galleries, 
and the opera. Grant's photographs have 
been exhibited at the Williams Tower this 
month, in a show called Under the Radar 
and in Corpus Christi in other venues. 
The Art Museum of South TX purchased 
one of his photographs last summer; 
he's exploring the Houston cityscape as 
a current topic. Norris's parents are frail, 
but live only a block and a half away, so 
she can check on them, a blessing. 

This is a year of endings and new 
beginnings for Rebecca "Becky" Burt. 
Becky split with her partner after 9 years, 
stopped playing softball. But, Becky made 
clear that she still hasn't grown up! She 
thought she'd move to NM at the end 
of summer, but instead she'll return to 
LA (after 26 years in Houston) to clean 
and sell the family house. Luckily her 
employer lets her work from home. For 
the past few years. Becky has worked 
on jewelry and metal-smithing skills. 
She took summer sessions at Penland 

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School of Crafts, NC, and classes at The 
Glassell School (Houston Museum of 
Fine Arts). She wants to transition from 
reselling other people's work to her own 
designs. One of Becky's pieces, Bastille 
Day, was chosen for display in the '07 
Student Exhibition. Her website, www., still focuses on 
the Native American business (she can 
be found at large TX Pow Wows), but she 
expects to have some of her personal 
jewelry and metalwork on the site soon. 

Tennessee Nielsen in Dallas had 2 
difficult years. Divorced again, but living 
the mantra "If I can't be an example, then 
let me serve as a warning!" Tennessee is 
retooling her legal career. She's interested 
if any classmates have experienced age 
discrimination in the workforce. Daughter 
Kelsey Indorf has graduated with her 
Master's in accountancy from Wake 
Forest, will begin working for PWC in 
Atlanta, Sept. She enjoys friendships with 
other Dallas girls from our class: Cissy 
Humphrey, Kay Ellisor Hopkins, and 
Beth Bates Locke 

Cissy Humphrey made a big 
commitment to SBC; she's the proud 
owner of columbarium space on 
Monument Hill. A part of Cissy will always 
be at the Briar Patch. Cissy has spent 
20 years taking care of her niece and 
nephew after her brother passed away. 
Her parents passed away years ago, 
Kelly and Cody have been a large part of 
her life. Cody (25) served as a marine in 
Iraq. He married his sweetheart Amanda, 
is now back in TX. Kelly (29) is married, 
expects a baby on Christmas Eve. Cissy 
knows her brother and parents would 
have been proud of both children. 

Candi Casey reported from her 
blackberry that she has had 2 years of a 
great marriage (well I think that is worth 
reporting!) and a challenging profession 
in international institutional sales in the 
investment banking business in Chicago 
(I'm impressed!). 

Melanie Coyne Cody had an up and 
down year. She vacationed in Ireland fall 
'06 with 2 other couples. They explored 
the SW countryside, pubs, and Killarney 
Lakes. In Feb. Melanie and husband 
took a cruise to French Polynesia. 
She thought Tahiti was a pit, but Bora 
Bora and Moorea were gorgeous! They 
snorkeled, hiked, kayaked, and dined 
on tiny portions of Cordon Bleu food, 
a great trip! Sadly both of her parents 
died of cancer within 3 mos. of each 
other. Melanie and sisters are worn out 
and feeling blue. Both of her kids are 
wonderful. Caitlin is in grad school at 
VCU getting her MS in communications 
and strategy at the Adcenter. Sarah is a 
junior at Scripps in CA. It's hard to believe 
they're grown up. Melanie visited with 
Missy Briscoe McNatt and Becl<y 
Wilson McDonough, both of them look 

fabulous, love their jobs. Melanie works at 
Y&R Chicago and Wunderman Chicago as 
the Director of Talent/ manager of People 
(HR in a sane industry). 

Karen Adelson Strauss s oldest 
son Luke graduated with honors and 
a Philosophy Award from Middiebury. 
He majored in physics and philosophy, 
and seeks work that will help him 
decide which engineering career to 
pursue. Anybody got contacts? Karen's 
2" child Jen will be spending her jr. 
year at Hebrew U. in Jerusalem. She's 
majoring in International Relations, 
getting an intense education at American 
U! Youngest Andrea is on her way to 
stardom as a soccer goalie. She's in 
1 0th grade, and won the regional award 
as a freshman in her league for top 
goalkeeper. From the sidelines, Karen 
watches her leap and dive, praying that 
she avoids another concussive run-in 
with a goalpost or another strained/ 
sprained/bruised body part. She hopes 
her divorce will be completed by the end 
of this calendar year Other than that, 
she's healthy working in environment and 
public health, and hoping to reconnect 
with classmates. Although she has been 
struggling to adjust to single life, she's 
ready to rejoin the world, so anyone in or 
through Chicago — call Karen! 

Carol Wilkinson Lee has been busy 
since retiring '06, Big changes and a new 
adventure are in store for the Lees. They 
are selling their house in AK and moving 
to Costa Rica! They'll be living in their 
condo while building a home. 

Kate Kelly Smith returned to House 
SeauWu/ headquartered in the beautiful 
new Hearst 44-story, green tower as 
VP/Publisher. Kate oversaw the launch 
of Women's Health Magazine This is her 
3'" return at House Beautiful, this time 
to redirect the 1 11 -year-old design icon 
into an all new editorial team. Please 
everyone subscribe to House Beautiful. 
go to Daughter 
Isabel is a rising sophomore at Gettysburg 
Coll. in PA. Kate looks forward to our next 

Tricia "Cassidy" Higgins- 
O'Callaghan retired from Deputy 
County Attorney in Westchester, '06. 
She's Chairman of the Westchester 
County Board of Ethics (volunteer) and 
on the Board of Trustees of Westchester 
Institute for Human Development (a 
non-profit) that provides services for 
adults and children with disabilities and 
their families. This is the only program 
in the country training medical students 
how to evaluate, diagnose, and treat 
autism and is affiliated with the NY 
Medical Coll. Son Timothy graduated 
from Holy Cross, starts work at Bank of 
America in Jul. (NY). Tricia can't believe 
daughter Katie has been gone 9 years. 
Katie is remembered annually at a 

memorial lacrosse tournament at her 
h.s. The Convent of the Sacred Heart in 
Greenwich, CT Tricia and Harold, married 
7 years, divide time between Westchester, 
Hobe Sound FL, and Nantucket, MA. Tricia 
still plays tennis and golf, keeps healthy. 
She sees Kari Anderson Shipley in FL, 
looks forward to next reunion, 

Dede Alexandre LeComte is well 
in Greenwich. In fall, Jonathan (20) 
will head back to Muhlenberg Coll. a 
junior; daughter Lysi (18) will return to 
Lafayette a sophomore. Evans (1 4) will 
be a freshman at Fairieigh-Dickinson 
and Nichols will be going to the Kildonan 
School. Dede works in the garden, takes 
care of 1 5 animals (horses, dogs, cats, 
1 fish) and runs her "hotel" as family 
friends cruise through. She's still involved 
in the Junior League of Greenwich and is 
Chair of the Board of Trustees of Oldfields 
School, a girt's boarding school north of 
Baltimore, MD. 

Marty McClelland dropped a line 
before she and partner Deb left for family 
vacation in Bryson City. Oldest son Paul, 
wife Cathy, and first grandson Aidan 
(2/28/07) were coming from Boston to 
spend the week in the NC Mountains 
kayaking and hiking. Marty is a professor 
of Computer Information Systems at NC 
Central U. She has a National Library of 
Medicine fellowship for cross training 
in biomedical informatics, is working 
on a study of hypertension in African 

Marsha Taylor Horton is well. 
Husband Bobby still works at the 
Dept. of Natural Resources. Marsha is 
the Coordinator of Clinical Studies at 
Wilmington Coll. Marsha consults for 
the U.S. Dept. of Education when her 
schedule allows, which gives her a 
chance to see colleagues from across the 
country. Kids are growing rapidly Sam 
(7) will be a 3'" grader in fall. Jasmine 
("Jazz," 4) is in Pre-K. A highlight for 
Marsha, Sandra Taylor '74 [aka "Auntie"], 
Sam and Jazz came to reunion last 
year. They had a ball rolling around in 
the quad and made friends (Sam and 
Jazz, not Auntie!). Marsha and Sandra 
returned in 1 0/06 for Homecoming and 
the celebration of the completion of 
Our Campaign For Her World. Sandra 
and Marsha returned again this May to 
celebrate Nancy Baldwin receiving the 
Outstanding Alumnae Award. Nancy 
played a key role for both of Sandra and 
Marsha in deciding to attend SBC, they 
just had to be there! Be sure to check 
photos on the SBC website! 

Ainslie Jones Uhl will be entering 
UNC-Chapel Hill's School of Education 
to complete a 2-year post graduate 
program in m. s. licensure and literacy 
Robert and Ainslie will celebrate their 
25th anniversary (13 of those years as 
a bi-city commuter couple). He's still in 

D.C.; she's in Raleigh. Oldest children 
are sophomores in college; Hart is an 
International Politics and Arabic language 
major at Appalachian St., a fabulous 
musician; Colbern is a Film Studies and 
French major at Barnard Coll./Columbia 
in NYC and interns with public television 
(summer). Daughter Everett is at the 
Governor's School in dance this summer 
and will be a junior at Saint Mary's School 
in fall. She spent a week working in New 
Orieans clearing out damaged houses. 
Son Henry will enter 7'" grade, plays 
soccer and is an excellent cellist — great 

Christine Carr Dykstra had a 
"good and not so good year." Daughter 
Susan graduated from UNC-Asheville 
in Environmental Science and Biology 
Susan is a naturalist bus driver at Denali 
National Park, AK, and had an interesting 
encounter with a bear chasing a moose 
into her group. Chris broke her femur 
in Oct. at a site of past radiation, which 
is not healing. She's still on a cane, 
looking at a new rod in the leg. While in 
the hospital, her favorite horse broke his 
leg. Chris is involved in pony club events, 
just oversaw the first specialty rating in 

Laura Lee Bost lives a blessed 
life in Chariotte, NC. She married a 
"local boy," and son Stuart graduates 
next spring from Elon. She's involved in 
volunteer work in the community and 
looking after family Laura sees Merrin 
Sweeney Lowe and Katy Mikell 
Cochran, although not as much as she 
would like! Laura and Katy picked up 
Katy's precious daughter Lilly at summer 
camp. It's a yearly tradition they cherish. 
Laura keeps up with Janet Grainger 
Thompson. Kate Kelly Smith, Treacy 
Markey Shaw and Tricia Cassidy 
O'Callaghan. She was in NY last Nov. 
with friends from Charlotte and saw Kate 
Kelly Smith, great tun! 

Becky Wilson McDonough and 
husband Steve live on a farm in Prince 
George, VA with teenagers Andy and 
Cady Becky is the Director of the area 
Chamber of Commerce. She stays in 
contact with Nonie Mickley Daniel, 
Patricia Neal. Missy Briscoe McNatt, 
Jody Anderson Wharton, and recently 
visited with Melanie Coyne Cody who 
was in the Richmond area visiting her 
daughter in grad school at VCU. 

Laurie Lenkel was with us our 
freshman year. She has enjoyed keeping 
up. Laurie became a pharmacist, then 
an attorney She lives outside D.C. in 
Chevy Chase, MD, works for the federal 
government. She would love for her 
niece, a junior in h.s. to go to SBC. Any 
hints to entice her?! 

Pam McDonnell Hindsley has been 
busy traveling for her girls. Youngest 
daughter Charlotte graduated Davidson, 

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5/07 and moved to Charlotte, NC. Oldest 
daughter Ellie is working as summer 
associate at Williams Mullen in Richmond 
before finishing her 3'" year at W & L 
Law. Pam said it seemed like yesterday 
we were all recent grads and she was 
enjoying the big city of Houston with Kit 
Newman Detering and Dede Ryan Ale 
Payne and Pam are still in Baltimore. She 
"retired" and closed family business fall 
'06. Pam is a community volunteer, just 
served Baltimore Symphony Decorators 
Show House 2007 stint as Design Co 
Chair, She is figuring out her next act, but 
summer and travel have interrupted the 
planning process. 

Andie Yellott is also in Baltimore. 
Son Benet (1 7) celebrated his h.s. 
graduation by letting a bunch of 
friends give him a mohawk with horse 
clippers. Andie witnessed the whole 
incident — highly entertaining. He'll be 
living at Goucher next year. Even though 
it's only 10 min. away, she misses him 
already He's quite the Renaissance Man, 
she's proud to say Andrew (14) begins 
h.s. next year at Metal Kid Academy 
(he's home schooled). He attended Day 
Jams Rock Camp again this summer, 
will continue at the Baltimore School of 
Rock for his 2™ year this fall, a musician! 
He's a character and blast to teach. 
Andie works for the Distance Education 
Writing Program at Johns Hopkins Center 
for Talented Youth where husband Ben 
wori<s too. She rides her wonderful Irish 
Cob McBlarney O'Pony accompanied by 
German Wirehaired Pointer Rollick. Andie 
says there just aren't enough hours in 
the dayl 

Cynde Sailer Elster's daughter 
Sarah graduated from Randolph-Macon 
Coll. in Ashland, lives in Richmond and 
works for the Richmond Times Dispatch. 
Ron Jr. lives and works in Philly. A nice 
feeling to have 2 children employed! 
Daughter Laura is a college junior. Cynde 
and Ron enjoy free time. They took a 
cruise to 5 islands in the Caribbean and 
look forward to a trip to Mexico. 

Peyton White Lumpkin has 
returned to the practice of law with 
White & Case in Miami in their corporate 
finance/real estate department. Husband 
Tom opened Biscayne Bank 2 years ago, 
and is chairman of the board. The bank 
is growing slowly and doing well. Alix 
(eldest daughter) is clerking in Miami this 
summer, will graduate from U of FL Levin 
School of Law in December, son Tommy 
is a rising junior in a double degree 
(Wharton business/engineering) program 
at the U.PA. She stays in touch with 
Candl Casey and Amy Troxell Stein, 
but not enough! 

Marian Dolan is very busy with 
two choral projects; one in Estonia 
and one at home in Naples, FL. She 
works for the International Federation 

for Choral Music as an artistic director 
for the "Voices of the Baltics" choral 
conductors' conference in Tallinn, Estonia 
this summer Marian has conducted 
and lectured on music from this region 
for 15 years, so it's a thrill to bring this 
conference together. She started "The 
Choir Project; Naples Sings" to build 
stronger community ties by hosting 
festivals and events for local singers. The 
kickoff was a concert in early March by 
Voces Nordicae, one of Sweden's leading 
professional chojrs. in '07-'08 they will 
have a concert on Mozart's birthday 
in January, a Women Sing weekend in 
February, a "Men in Song" in March, 
and a Caribbean Choral weekend in 
April. (If you're curious about her Baltic 
conference, please view photos and 
a web-cast at; 
madolu/iweb; or the main conference 
website; Her local 
choir organization can be found at www. .Www will update 
the site upon her return from Estonia and 
Finland. Stay tuned! 

Kari Andersen Shipley is one 
busy lady with volunteer work, travel, 
and houseguests at the Shipley Hotel, 
Restaurant, Zoo and Parking Lot in 
beautiful Delray Beach, FL. Yes, Bill Cosby 
is correct when he says humans are 
the only species to allow their children 
to come back home. Oldest two are 
graduated from college and living with 
her (with pets) while working good jobs, 
trying to save money to buy their own 
places (not cheap in Palm Beach County). 
Youngest two are still in college and 
doing various semesters abroad. Karl's 
husband is still working hard to pay 
for all this! Due to injuries, sports have 
taken a back seat for a while and Kari is 
painting when not doing volunteer work 
for different charities and church. She 
received volunteer of the year award for 
Palm Beach County given by Bethesda 
Hospital from five of her charities which 
she found to be humbling. She hopes 
more people learn about these various 
local organizations that help with child 
care, education, family counseling, 
domestic violence, drug addiction and 
health care that affect our needy. She 
is still helping hurricane victims in 
Florida and New Orleans with mission 
trips. Linda Guardabassi Michael is 
arriving soon for a quick visit. In touch 
with Cindy Webb Linda Guardabassi, 
Paula Hennessy Vera Thiers, Angela 
Scully . Janet Osborne, and Kate 
Carnwath. Kari is looking fonward to the 
next reunion. 

Jennie Bateson Hamby sends 
greetings from FL! She is still a real 
estate broker and has her own company, 
Bateson Realty, Inc., (26 years). Her 
sister Sally Morris works with Jennie, 
which is tun (because Sally is older 

and Jennie is her boss)! Husband, Lou 
(UVA '76, UVA Law School '79), is still a 
lawyer in Palm Beach at the same firm, 
Alley, Maass, Rogers & Lindsay, P.A„ (27 
years), specializing In real estate and 
corporate law. Son, Allan, graduated from 
Case Western Reserve and is entering 
medical school at the U.FL in August. 
The Hambys are thrilled that he's coming 
back to FL after concluding that the four 
seasons are "highly over-rated"! Jennie 
filled her empty nest while Allan was in 
college (and after her beloved Labrador 
retriever, April, died) with a rescue dog. 
Everyone advised Lou and Jennie to get 
a small dog because they are so much 
easier, but, of course, she wouldn't be 
a true-blue member of SBC '76 if she 
did anything normal, right?! (her words, 
I promise). They rescued a 1 55 lb. 
gorgeous Newfoundland named Stanley 
Lots of health Issues (knee replacement, 
allergy problems, special diet that needs 
to be home cooked every 5 days, etc.), 
but he's worth every penny spent on him 
(and spend they do)! Stanley has been a 
great focus for Jennie while she rides out 
this slow real estate market. 

Karina Schless is still riding her 
QH, "Angus" cross county and In pace 
events. ..great mellow guy! She just 
returned from holiday In UK with a 
"horsey" friend to the Badminton 3-day 
event. Karina says that it was exciting 
and that they had great weather. On the 
job front, she just hit 26th anniversary 
working at Wyeth Pharmaceuticals,., 

Felice Ludington works an 
association management firm, 
specializing in support services for 
900 national non-profits. She loves the 
job, her co-workers, has no commute! 
Daughter Leslie has finished her 
freshman year at the U. San Francisco. 
Felice experienced the empty nest 
syndrome so prevalent with our class. 
She handled the syndrome by remodeling 
the kitchen, which led to revamping the 
rest ot the condo. She figures it will be 
done by the time Leslie graduates. Felice 
is engaged to Peter Lee, a wonderful, 
smart, handsome (and as the remodel 
helped her discover, just how patient) 
man. No date tor the wedding set yet! 

A big year for Liz Farmer Jarvis and 
the Jarvis family as they all attended their 
oldest daughter Judy's graduation from 
Vassar Daughter Anne completed her 
first year at the U. DL, a fine arts major 
(as a former art major Liz is thrilled). Son 
Alex will be a senior in HS, rocking them 
from the basement with his band! Liz is 
writing a photographic history book of the 
Philadelphia section Mount Airy, husband 
Andrew is doing well designing hospitals. 

Virginia (Gina Spangler) Polley 
and David are adjusting to being empty 
nesters which permits her to travel 

more with David. Gina will be graduating 
with an MBA in December. The Polleys 
are planning a family Christmas in 
Florence, Italy Ihis year. Son Frank loves 
Georgetown and the D. C. area. Gina Is 
still doing the horse show circuit and 
loves life! 

Loohrane Coleman Smitti and 
Mell's daugliler |ust completed tier 
first year at U. Richmond. In Richmond 
Lochrane caught up with Norma Neblett 
Roadcap Teesie Howell Costello 
and Carrington Brown Wise lor lunch. 
She hopes to make it an annual event. 
Lochrane lost her father in late Nov'05 
and her sister Dec. 15, '06. Connie was 
a senior at Stratford College during our 
freshman year at SBC and was in an 
awful car accident. She was in a coma 
and suffered significant brain damage. 
Our thoughts and prayers are with 
Lochrane. She is busy with work, tons of 
charity work, yard (her passion) and life 
in general. Mell and Lochrane celebrated 
their 25th wedding anniversary and are 
growing "old" together! 

Treacy Markey Shaw has been 
slightly busy here in Hot 'Lanta. Daughter, 
Morgan, graduated from Vanderbllt (as 
member of the Theta Sorority) in Human 
and Organization Development and Art 
History. Morgan has been accepted to 
Richmond's Law School but is planning 
to defer for one year to pursue other 
interests. Mark Jr. just completed his 
freshman year at SMU, is playing on 
the Lacrosse team and joined the KA 
fraternity. Clay the Shaw caboose is 
in 7'" grade and plays Lacrosse, ALTA 
tennis and Football. After 22 years with 
Robinson Humphrey as an investment 
executive, hubby Mark has just launched 
a new investment partnership. Treacy 
entertained 22 members of the family 
at their lake house in the North Georgia 
mountains for her mother's 80" birthday. 
She has taken up painting again and is 
playing ALTA tennis. 

Lori Neasham Keegan lives in 
Portland, OR and is a senior executive for 
Macy's. Her youngest son just graduated 
from U.OR and is a project manager for 
Yahoo. Lori's older son is an agent with 
William Morris Agency and keeps his 
mother up to date on the latest scoop in 
Beverly Hills. She loves her two apricot 
poodles. Lori has attended and enjoyed 
several SBC picnics. She stays busy and 
wonders why life goes by so quickly! 

Teesie Costello Howell is happy 
to report that she will be going to her 
first wedding @ SBC this summer! 
Paula Kirkland '06 (just thirty years 
behind us!) works at SBC in Admissions 
and is getting married in the chapel on 
August 4th. She is the older sister ot 
one of Tessies's daughter's best friends. 
Suzannah will be a junior at Trinity h.s. in 
the fall, and Jackson will be a sophomore 

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Foil 2007 • 49 

at the MD Institute Col. of Art. Teesie is 
still in ttie mortgage business. Stie and 
Ctiris just celebrated their 30th wedding 

From VA Beach, Lisa Nelson 
Robertson reports that her life is blessed 
and boring. Tim and Lisa are the parents 
of 5. Eldest, Laura was married in Mar 
'07. She is a consultant for the Global 
Fund and is an international producer. 
Elizabeth, a UVA graduate in my son 
Clarke's class (06) is working in DC in the 
Dept. of HHS; Willis is a senior at UVA; 
Cally is in her second year at Princeton; 
and Abby is a senior in HS (probably 
coached by Sally Old Kitchin's 
daughter). Lisa has been teaching women 
and teen Bible studies for over twenty 
years. She volunteers in the community, 
school and church. Lisa continues to play 
tennis weekly and skis in CO whenever 
she can get away. Sally Old Kitchin and 
Lisa enjoy tennis and breakfasts from 
time to time; their youngest children plan 
to get married. Lisa has invited all of you 
who responded to my constant pressure 
for class notes to my house to celebrate 
our 55th birthdays. 

Melanie Holland Rice is a real 
estate super star in VA Beach. She helps 
buyers and sellers achieve the American 
dream of home ownership. She has 
been in Ohio helping her mom through 
some tough surgery. Son Tripp is an 
investment banker with Bear Stearns/NY 
and Carrington is working on her Ph.D. in 

Kelsey Canday Griffo-Grice and 
Chuck loved being at the last reunion, 
even though they could only be there 
for a short bit. She has not missed one 
yet! Daughter McKenzie is at U. Miami, 
in theatre, and on the Sunsations dance 
team. Son Parker is a senior in HS and 
wants to major in engineering. Kelsey 
is on the great college tour, once again. 
She reports that they are still living in VA 
Beach; she is back to tennis after being 
sidelined with injury for 2 years, focused 
on rehab and her job as the president 
of PTA at a local HS. They are on the 
water whenever possible in Chuck's 40 
foot dead rise Tern, which hails from 
Key West. She recently ran into Lisa 
Brundage Shapiro in Nordstrom's. 

Catherine Adams Goshorn lives 
in The Plains, VA. She is working with 
her friend Christine Fox in her store 
and having fun. Christine and Catherine 
were headed to Vero Beach to enjoy 
about twelve days of relaxing, tennis and 
beach time. Son Preston is back in The 
Plains after 2 years in Tucson. Daughter 
Sally is in Colorado Springs & has 2 
children: Jonathon, 3 & Samantha, 1 1/2. 
Catherine is planning a trip to visit the 
grandchildren. Her dariing mother is fine. 
Catherine is in the process of becoming 
single again — will take her maiden name 

back when all is said & done. 

Hilda Dent's son Horace will be 
starting his freshman year at Yale this 
fall. She is planning to drive him to New 
Haven from Montgomery. McCormick, 
1 5 is living with their father. This fall 
will be the first time in around 30 years 
that some man or another has not been 
living in her house! She plans to work on 
her own house, travel and take on more 
interesting projects through her business. 
Old House Specialists. 

Marilyn (Mare) Moran Goerler 
lost her dad to cancer last Jun., but 
celebrated his life visiting their closest 
friends with son Chris (11). San Diego, 
Savannah, and a fabulous trip to the 
Turks & Caicos where they rented a villa 
on the beach! Mare's job as Marketing 
Communications Manager for Benchmark 
Education Company keeps her busy. She 
writes and designs their websites and all 
their promotional materials! 

Debbie Mutch Olander has had 
a busy year on the academic front. She 
was awarded the first-ever Orpheus 
Scholar award from the Col. of Music at 
FSU. As a result of the award, she had 
the opportunity to conduct dissertation 
in Vienna (twice) and Paris. In Paris, she 
spent lots of time with her Junior Year 
in France family and felt as though she 
had never left. It was a wonderful time! 
After seven years of teaching Freshman 
Writing, Debbie has decided to stop 
teaching in the English Department. She 
intends to get a "real" job and get off the 
ramen noodles, finish her dissertation, 
and become a real person again. Debbie 
has been looking for a job since the 
semester ended. She has not been in 
the job market in so many years, it is a 
frustrating experience. 

I, Anne Kiley Krenshaw, love 
being at home in VA Beach, practicing 
law in the VA Beach office of Kaufman & 
Canoles. My oldest son graduated from 
UVA and is working for a real estate 
developer. Son Gordon graduated from 
Woodberry Forest School and is on his 
way to UVA. Clarke and 1 do not know 
what we will do without 3 seasons of 
prep school sports to follow! 


Sally Bonham Mohle 
13550 Heathcote Blvd, Apt 455 
Gainesville, VA 201 55 

We missed you all at reunion this year! 
Our turnout was extremely small — 1 will 
report more on the reunion in the next 
class notes. Please e-mail me at the 
above address — I am now sending out 
requests for news by email and we don't 
have everyone's current e-mail address. 

Becky Mayer Gutierrez is teaching 
4th grade, going into her 1 7^ year "1 
love teaching, hate the paperwork and 
state regulations, but am trying to cope. 
George (23) is getting married Jul. '08, 
happy with fiancee; Anthony (20) is 
enjoying life a lot; Michael just finished 
his sophomore year in h. s., having a 
great time. Life is good, no complaints, (I] 
try to look at the positive side and follow 
the golden rule." 

Elvira Cash Pecora says her 
husband Chip just started a new job 
with NY Life. He sells life insurance, long 
term health insurance, annuities, and is 
enjoying not hopping on a plane to get to 
his appointments. Greg (21) will return 
to Denison U. in Ohio to complete his 
college career as history major / English 
minor. He is active on the soccer team, 
works In the admissions office. He just 
retuned from 3 weeks in England for a 
Shakespeare course. H.S. graduate Kent 
(18) will enter Dickinson College in PA. 
in the fall to study physics and math. He 
will join the cross-country and track team 
and will also keep an eye on soccer. Elvira 
has just completed a Birth-Kindergarten 
Licensure to add onto Montessori 
credentials and is now certified for K-6th 
grade. As always they are happy to 
welcome the weary traveler to their home 
in Chapel Hill, N.C, 

Peggy Haley Sheehan says, "It 
was rather busy here with many events 
surrounding the graduation of our first, 
Mary Helen, Considered seriously SBC, 
but alas, U. Richmond won. My husband 
Chris and I are planning our 25th 
anniversary in the CO mountains reuniting 
friends and family. He's working hard at 
his new investment business in energy 
After 20 -I- years in the business he's 
branching out on his own. I had a good 
phone call with Marianne Hutton Felch. 
Of our next 3, Juliana is continuing our 
French connection on a summer program 
with the Experiment In International 
Living, while we host the great grand 
daughter of the woman I stayed with 
while I was in Paris. What a wonderful 
string of friendships. Our Catherine (1 2) 
is in 7th grade, continuing at the same 
grade school with Christopher (11) and 
entering middle school right behind her. 

Soccer, lacrosse, horses and music fill 
our lives; a good thing, as we will miss 
our oldest terribly After all the family 
activities, I add a few other interests in a 
French club and help at our church and 
the children's schools in the classroom, 
and in the library. Now with a daughter 
in VA, perhaps we will find a way to find 
some old SBC friends. I'm looking forward 
to seeing the VA branch of our family in 
Richmond and many others in the DC 
area. I love reading the news even if we 
can't seem to get to reunions," 

Kristi Karplnski Mutschelknaus: 
"The big news at our house is our son's 
wedding to another Sweet Briar grad. 
Joe, (UVA class of 04), married Kerry 
Keins '04 on Jun. 9, 07. They have 
known each other since 1 st grade, but 
reconnected at Foxfields their jr year 
in college. The wedding ceremony was 
held at St, John Neumann Church in 
Reston and the reception at River Creek 
County Club. They reside in Fairfax. Joe's 
godmother, Cheryl Lennon Gibson 
and her husband. Chase, attended the 
wedding. Cheryl looks as young as she 
did in college. Our daughter, Anne, is a 
rising sophomore at JMU, planning to 
become an elem. s. teacher Brad and I 
love having her home for the summer!" 
Helen Milner Gordon: "I have always 
wanted to come to a reunion but either 
my kids were studying for exams or 
graduating. This year my middle son who 
works in Jackson Hole came home April 
1 to May 20'^ 1 hated to leave while he 
was home. 1 have another son in LA and 
my youngest will be 21 July 23'" and a 
junior at U.GA. Presently he is in Europe 
getting ready to start the Innsbruck 
program through the U. New Orieans." 

Frances Redmond Malone: "Saw 
several alums at the Virginia Hound 
Show over Memorial Day (Bev Crispen 
Heffernan and Sherry Buttrick) and 
also chatted with Paul Cronin for the first 
time in years. Was hoping to get him to 
put the SBC squeeze on my niece (1 6) but 
she was too busy fooling with hounds to 
talk. Still in business with my sister, Lucile 
Flournoy '82; we have a custom framing 
business which has me working hard but 
has been very rewarding. With my equine 
artist husband. Booth Malone, went to 
last fall's Breeder's Cup where he was the 
official artist and then to the Derby this 
spring so I got my horseracing fix for the 
year Have been catching up with Vera 
Blake via email which has been fun." 

And I, Sally Bonham Mohle, have 
had lots of changes in the past year; Pete 
and I moved to a 55-i- rental apartment 
community (Gainesville VA), had an estate 
sale and sold 90% of our things, then 
sold our house. I'm still working full time 
at George Mason in Fairfax, VA but my 
husband is retired. We never had kids, 
but have 2 cats, 2 nieces, 2 nephews 

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and a great-niece and great-nephew. In 
Feb we attended the wedding of Ebet 
Little Stevens' daughter Liz and had 
a wondeilul time catching up with Ebet 
and Bob. Debbie Koss iVIcCarthy and 
David and also seeing Ainslie Jones Uhl 
76 and Robert, In May we went to the 
SBC 30 yr. Reunion and had a great time, 
despite our class's very small turnout. 
My interests have moved to decoupage, 
genealogy and all aspects of the spiritual/ 


■\. ■- : - ■ ..-.V o.w 

Mrs. John Daniel Kelley 
(Paula Jennifer Brown) 
10617 Donovans Hill Drive 
Fairfax Station, Virginia 22039 

Ms. Janet Marie Rakoczy 
10135 Glenmere Road 
Fairfax, Virginia 22032 

Hello Classmates, Hopefully by the time 
you read these notes in the fall issue, 
you will have responded to our prodding 
by providing us with a raft of reading 
for the winter issue. The following news 
from Catherine and Donna will carry us 
until then. 

Catherine Taylor Moore finds 
it hard to believe that her family has 
lived in Blowing Rock, NC for 4 years. 
"Time is really flying by." Husband Bob 
started up a bank, Mt, First, with a new 
location slated to open in Jul. Last Sept, 
Betsy Ryan Glenn hosted Catherine, 
Liz Day Dalrymple and Eve Jackson 
London at Sea Island celebrating 50'" 
birthdays. Catherine remarks. "It was 
wonderful catching up with them." Son 
Lee is a rising senior looking at colleges. 
Daughter Aynsley is in 5'" grade and 
enjoys dance, horseback riding and life. 
Catherine is starting a new business 
fabricating window treatments for local 

Donna Mihalik J. G. Lee reports, 
"It's been a busy year." Her poetry 
reading, sponsored by the Greek- 
American Writers' Association, at the 
Cornelia Street Cafe in New York City 
was standing room only. In '06 Donna 
judged the "2006 Gival Press Poetry 
Award." In September she will participate 
in the Brooklyn Book Festival. This tall 
Donna will be a featured reader at 
the U. Illinois (lllini Union Bookstore). 
Urbana-Champaign. Donna would love 
for classmates to visit her new website 
{ znd 
drop her a note. 

Donna's book. On ttie Altar of Greece. 
winner of the Seventh Annual Gival Press 

Poetry Award, received a 2007 Eric Holfer 
Book Award: Notable for Art Category; 
http://hopepubs. home, comcasl. net/BNW- 
m/ffl.prf/ (commentary on pgs. 15-16); An article 
about On the Altar of Greece appeared 
in the Jersey Ink column "Poets explore 
Greece and inner feelings," by Patricia C. 
Turner, the Star-Ledger (NJ) newspaper. 
Donna's poems "Horse Auction" and 
"How Things Are" will appear in the fall 
fashion issue of Descant (Canada; http:// 
www.descant.c^about.html). Donna has 
two poems, "Control" and "The New Filly," 
forthcoming in the anthology Cadence 
of Hooves: A Celebration of Horses 
(Yarrow Ivlountain Press: http://www. 
cadence.php) and "From the 21st Floor" 
will appear in Crab Orchard Review's 
issue Come Together— Occasions, 
Ceremonies, and Celebrations. A 
selection of Donna's poems also appears 
in The Arabesques Review: Contemporary 
Women's Literature International 
Anthology, WOMEN: The Quiet Revolution 


Graham Maxwell Russell 
525 South Flagler Drive, 15A 
West Palm Beach, Fl. 33401 

NOTE from your Class Notes Editor: Dear 
Class of 1979, 1 would like to apologize 
for any notes that were not posted in 
the previous issue of the magazine. If 
the notes below are outdated, please 
remember to submit your latest news 
to Graham for the winter issue. I always 
enjoy reading Class Notes, and will do 
my best in the future to print all of your 
submissions in a timely manner Thank 
you for writing! 

Short or long, I'm grateful for your 
responses, hopefully reading these notes 
will prompt many of you to write more! 
Some of you are total duds and you know 
who you are J, J, H, M, and L, Almost all 
the notes were filled with 50'" birthday 
wishes to our classmates and a desire 
to see more of each beyond Reunion 
Weekend. And for those of you who aren't 
yet 50 or have passed that milestone — 
birthday wishes regardless! 

Katie Ewald Adams writes from 
Dorset, VT (also the home of Kelli Mc 
Bride Hudson) that she and boyfriend 
Chris finished the pilot for TV show "A 
Horseman's Video Journal" about life with 
horses, horse care, horse owners, and 
favorite breeds, "visual poetry of horses 
we've visited from all over the country:" She 

has a blog for those of you who want lo 
show off your horses online! Katie and 
Kelli find lime to slip away from the kids 
to down margherilas at the local Mexican 
bar. She and others are in touch with 
Joanie Dearborn Choremi. 

Baltimore brings news of Corby 
Hancock Pine whose marriage to 
Jonathan Pine (W&L '79) continues to 
thrive— their children Jonny (13) and 
Lauren (9) keep her busy. She is finishing 
her 8th year of teaching at Towson U. 
and sees Hannah Craighill Morehead 
quite often 

Robin Boehm and her partner 
Wendy continue to enjoy life in San Diego 
with their German Shepard. except for 
the record wind which, at this writing, 
popped out their skylights leaving the 
poor dog cowering under the banana 
trees. Robin recently hung up her project 
consulting career, now works in real 
estate and business investments. She 
currently presides over the San Diego 
SBC Alumnae Club and enjoys serving as 
board member for the Big Sister League. 
Robin's notes included a request for us, 
her classmates, particularly the class 
athletes, to consider an organized class 
gift to the long awaited, future Athletic 
Facility. She writes: "Depending on the 
amount we can raise, we can dedicate 
some piece of the facility to the Fine 
Class of '79. Since '79's class notes 
sit between the notes for classes '77 
-'81 . here's the opportunity to challenge 
those classes for some Athletic Facility 
real estate! Whose class plaque will 
proudly display at the racquet courts, or 
the basketball court, or the locker room, 
or the equipment closets??? RALLY! 
— Interested, '79? Any class challenges, 
'77-'81??" Contact her at: robehm® 
cox, net . 

Connor Kelly moved to New 
Zealand from Italy 4 years ago. Having 
lived away from the states for 12 
years she and husband Steve consider 
themselves expats. Her 50'" birthday 
plans call for dance and music, either 
as a ritual or performance. Connor 
works part time at the Hospice as the 
Day Stay Coordinator. She also has a 
small dance/movement therapy practice, 
remains a La Leche League Leader 
and is also a consumer representative 
with the midwifery review group. She 
says it's exciting to live in a country 
where midwifery care is the standard of 
practice for pregnant women. Connor's 
son Patrick (14) plays violin in Taranaki 
Youth Orchestra and won "swimmer of 
the year" at his swim club. Teague (10) 
is in his last year of primary school and 
does judo and plays keyboard. Steve 
works at the child & adolescent mental 
health service in the hospital and also 
does some private work incl. teaching 
play therapy. Connor invites anyone who 

Is ever In New Zealand lo slop by for a 

Susan Andrews Cruess writes from 
Calgary, Alberta tliat her boys are growing 
up quickly and are now taller than their 
parents. Jim (21) Is a junior at McGIII 
U. Montreal, studying economics and 
comparative religions, loves lo ski and 
participates in lots of Intramural sports: 
flag football, soccer, ultimate frisbee 
and basketball. Jim is thinking about 
going lo law school after he graduates 
in '08. Andrew (18) graduated from 
Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School in Jun. 
He plays drums and his band practices 
at Susan's house every Sat.— luckily 
they are pretty good because the china 
rattles in the cabinets upstairs when 
they play! He is also a rugby player; his 
school team toured New Zealand last 
spring and then went on to win the silver 
medal at the Provincial Championships 
in Jun. Andrew will go to the U.AIberta in 
the fall for anthropology. Husband Leigh 
is Senior Vice President, International for 
Enbridge Inc. His company has operations 
in Colombia. Spain, and Denmark. He 
also has staff in Houston. Toronto and 
Edmonton — their frequent flyer miles 
are adding up! Susan was able to 
accompany Leigh to a board meeting in 
Muscat. Oman in Feb. She is still busy 
with volunteer work and served as co- 
chair of the uniform store at her son's 
school until he graduated. They are 90 
min. from Banff, so call her if you ever 
come out west for some skiing. Susan is 
also a member of the Junior League of 
Calgary and is serving as Community Vice 
President this year but has time to go to 
her in-laws' cottage in Ontario for three 
weeks every summer. 

Susan Anthony Lineberry is 
the mother of men! Cole (23) is out in 
the working world. Mark. Patrick (20), 
and Kevin (1 9) are in college. Neal and 
Susan traveled to Europe in May with VA 
Interment Coll. where Mark is a junior, 
visiting 5 countries in 21 days and is 
madly working on shedding pounds 
to keep up with college kids. Susan 
continues to manage special events, 
tournaments and promotions for the City 
of Newport News, VA. She recently served 
on a "Sports Related Careers" panel at 
SBC and noted that it was great to be 
back there even if she was the oldest on 
the panel! 

Mary "Robbie" McBride Bingham. 
of Albuquerque. NM: "I have gone back to 
school this past year (Coll. of Santa Fe) to 
pick up units to become a teacher in NM. 
I also was diagnosed with breast cancer 
about the same time. I finished my chemo 
on May 30th of this year. I finished my 
teacher credits and am looking for a job. 
My family has been very supportive and I 
am keeping a sense of humor about it." 

Becky Truelove Symons writes 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

Fall 2007 • 51 

that Don is still busy in the banking world 
and that Sally is a freshman at UNC-CH, 
Elizabeth is a junior at Forsyth Country 
Day School and Anne is in 8th grade 
there. Life with 3 teenage girls... By 
the beginning of Apr. Becky traveled to 
Atlanta, D.C. and Ft. Lauderdale in less 
than 4 wks time: school assignments 
and swim meets. She has mastered IM 
and text message as major forms of 

Besty Byrne Utterback and family 
moved back to PA in '03 and spend IVIay- 
Oct. at their home in New Hampshire on 
Lake Winnepesaukee. James (25) attends 
Syracuse grad school for arcfiitecture, 
Chris graduates this year and Jen is a 
junior at VT. Jim is always traveling for 
work and Betsy has tagged along on 
some great trips. She continues to work 
as an interior designer in New Hope. 
They are off to Jim's 30th at W&L in May 
and heading to the Galapagos and Quito 
in Jun. on a service trip w/Surgicorp 
(plastic surgeons who donate time to help 
patients with disfiguring injuries, etc.). 
Her biggest fear is fainting in the OR and 
becoming a patient herself! 

Judy Williams Carpenter writes 
from Richmond that son Hunter will be 
graduating from UVA in May, believes 
his job search is conducted by Ouija 
Board (as far as she can tell). Daughter 
Melinda will be a senior at St. Catherine's, 
soon road-tripping to look at colleges. 
Judy continues to enjoy her work at St. 
Catherine's, where she has been for 1 7 
years this Aug.; still living close by in the 
same house and pulling the same weeds 
in the yard! Judy corresponds with Lisa 
Hagan Kliefoth regularly and always 
enjoys seeing Christmas cards featuring 
the families of Page Breakell Beeler 
and Susan Anthony Lineberry. Judy's 
mom (SBC '40) was fortunate to have 
survived being hit by a car while walking 
4 days shy of her 88th birthday in Nov, — 
she is truly remarkable! Judy's family 
will celebrate her parents' 65th wedding 
anniversary in Jun. and her father's 90th 
birthday in Oct. Both of her parent's are in 
great health! 

Despite living a short block from 
Judy Williams Carpenter, Bitsy 
Hester writes that she hardly sees her 
except to wave! She's a little behind the 
rest of us getting children through school, 
but making progress. Daughter Ginnie (5) 
graduated from St. Stephen's Preschool 
in May; she'll start Kindergarten at St. 
Catherine's this fall. Bitsy is still practicing 
law in the Richmond office of Troutman 
Sanders LLP and just finished a 2 year 
term as Chair of the Business Law 
Section of the Virginia Bar Association, 
as well as a 7 year term on the Board of 
St. Stephen's Preschool. She is fortunate 
to have her parents in Richmond, and 
Ginnie enjoys being the only "in town" 

grandchild. Her mother (Pic Pavne 
Hester '59) bails her out on a regular 
basis, but is careful to avoid interfering 
with her SBC "book club", which she 
enjoys. Bitsy tries to keep up with Susan 
Andrews Cruess and Jeanette Rowe 
Cadwallender and enjoys occasional 
emails, phone conversations and visits 
with them. She and Ginny also look 
forward to seeing her mother's classmate 
Courtney Gibson Pelley and husband 
Herb every summer when they vacation 
at Emerald Isle, NC. 

Vicki Wingate Wilkes and husband 
Craig adopted daughter Susannah Kate 
from Russia in April '06 at 1 1 mos.! She 
states: "No, we are not crazy". . .she's 
a blonde-haired, blue-eyed "doll baby" 
and very healthy. Their biological son 
George (4) has been dethroned and 
alternates between loving her to death 
and saying he is going to throw her in the 
trashcan! They remain in Columbia, SC, 
and Craig is an associate pastor at First 
Presbyterian Church, where they were 
married 6 years ago. Vicki retired from 
state government in Jun. after working a 
part-time schedule since George's birth. 
Vicki's mom, who has been a very able 
nanny, is happy with this news! They 
look forward to celebrating Virginia's 
400'" with an extended trip later this 
summer. . .sure to stop by SBC and 
Charlottesville en route to Jamestown! 

Pam Ramsdell Mitchell writes of 
her family in Maine where they were 
awaiting more snow: Elspeth (23), 
graduated from Williams Coll. last June, 
is now living in San Francisco working for 
an attorney Barclay (20) is a sophomore 
at St. Lawrence. Tucker(l 7) is a junior 
in h.s. and Carson (13) is in 7th grade. 
John and Pam celebrated their 24th 
anniversary in Apr! Pam sleeps well at 
night as a result of being a kindergarten 
teacher and also because she's just 
become a member of the "big 50 club"! 

Ashley Wilson Brook's e-mail 
arrived just after her 50" birthday noting 
that she and husband David are fine; 
she has just taken up knitting — churning 
out lots of scarves! Ashley continues 
to teach 2 year-olds 4 days/wk at St. 
Michael's Parish Day School where she 
has been for 10 years. Afternoons are 
spent on the usual — carpool, orthodontist 
appointments, tutor sessions, and 
general running around. Ashley writes 
of her children: "My daughter (14) is 
wise beyond her years, will attend h.s. 
next year. She enjoys writing, movies, 
reading, and many friends. She is also a 
shopper She studies German and must 
be channeling David's maternal great- 
grandmother, she is brilliant at it. Sterrett 
(11) makes great strides in school. He is 
my precious, handsome Asperger's boy 
His social skills are better with adults than 
peers and he asks why he is different all 

the time, but is healthy happy, humorous, 
and playing the violin now. He will be in 
the 5th grade next year" 

In October, Lynn Westine and her 
2 daughters successfully completed the 
Marine Corps Marathon; 4 hours for the 
girls — a little longer for Lynn but she 
finished! She and George are almost 
done educating their children: Nicole is 
graduating from NYU Law School; Jen 
is graduating from Northwestern U. and 
Taylor, George's daughter, is graduating 
from Tufts. Skip finally got a job working 
up in the Senate, after graduating from 
Wake Forest and serving a year doing 
mission work in Morocco. That leaves 
just one in college — Will graduates 
in Dec. from Belmont. Yikes — 5 in 
college/grad school for several years ... 
that's a challenge. With all the kids out of 
the house, Lynn has been able to work 
on expanding her business — a small 
company that provides Professional 
Engineering Services to the government. 
In addition, she's been working with 
a friend to begin putting in a 'public 
telephone-equivalent' in small villages 
in southern Africa. Lynn recently had a 
spa vacation with Dini Cecil Pickering 
and reports that she and her family are 
doing well. 

Amies Kass reports that she is 
working for a law firm that specializes 
in estate planning and federal tax 
controversies, as well as maintaining 
her private practice where she offers pro 
bono services in a variety of areas. 

Day Dodson has had a busy 1 5 
mos. incl. moving 3 times and getting 
divorced, but happily reports that her 
girls are great — Katherine's a junior at 
Elon, Elizabeth is a freshman at UNC 
Wilmington, and Mary's about to be 
driving (legally)! Bouncing back from 
divorce. Day bought a condo in Arlington, 
VA with a great view, adopted a dog 
and is making her place feel like home. 
After 7 years as a youth minister, she is 
taking a break from lock-ins and joining 
the staff at Virginia Theological Seminary 
in Alexandria, consulting with parishes 
and dioceses about their programs for 
children and youth. She is also running a 
grant-making foundation of the Episcopal 
Church and enjoys giving away money 
She would love to reconnect with others 
in the DC/Northern VA area. 

Sally Ann Sells sure brought back 
some old memories with her reminiscing 
about SBC days... a Spinners, Harold 
Melvin and the Blue Notes ("the love I 
lost") or Barry White tune on the '70's 
(oldies!) radio station coupled with a clear 
blue sky and 70 ° — spring weekend 
parties at the boathouse, or that Quonset 
hut by the stream near W&L where they 
hosted blue grass music/beer parties on 
spring weekends. . . back to reality — 2 
parents (yes, married parents), 2 healthy 

children, 2 dogs and 2 beta fish. Bill and 
Sally Ann have been married 17 years 
and have lived in Fox chapel (a suburb 
of Pittsburgh) their entire married life. 
Daughter Holly (8'" grade) loves skiing, 
lacrosse and paddle tennis. Will (6th 
grade) can't get enough ice hockey in 
his blood. They attend a month long 
summer camp in NC every summer 
which gives Sally Ann and Bill a chance 
to purge all the clutter in the house, travel 
and play lots of golf! Bill works for an 
institutional investment consulting firm 
(Wilshire Associates), Sally Ann works 
for Mellon Financial and in her spare 
time volunteers as board member of the 
local chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes 
Research Foundation and volunteers 
for their church. Mellon Financial is the 
same company tor which she moved to 
Pittsburgh the day she graduated from 
SBC. She writes; "When I moved here, 
I thought I'd stay in Pittsburgh for one 
year and then return to Philadelphia but, 
one year has turned into 28 years and 
I've never looked back. How fortuitous 
that BIythe Steere Bailey was in our 
graduating SBC class. Had this not been 
the case, I don't think SBC would have 
found its way onto Mellon's recruiting 
radar screen. So BIythe or Mr. Steere, if 
you're reading this note, thank you!" She 
catches up with Betsy Byrne Utterback 
and Julie Muchmore Cooney through 
Christmas mail, 

Karen Jaffa McGoldrick is still 
running her Dressage training and 
teaching business. She has a gorgeous 
and talented young Hanoverian mare 
that she is most excited about. Lawrence 
is very patient still with all the horse 
craziness, but they are actually taking two 
weeks off together to vacation in England 
in the fall. Anyone who is interested in 
Karen's horse business can check out her 
website: wm. Karen 
writes: "Mr. Cronin would be pleased to 
know that I am riding some nice Jumpers 
and Hunters for my next door neighbor. 
One of the Jumpers has been showing 
in FL with his friend Joe Fargis. Karen 
has started taking some jumping lessons 
again with her young Dressage horse, 
just for fun. Twice a month she helps 
old roomate Prue Saunders Pitcock 
with her young Dutch warm-blood "Color 
Wheel" (he is a paint!). She plans to do 
some shows with Karen this year. Prue 
has a son graduating from h.s. this year. 

Deborah Parker Gibbs says her 
children are growing up fast; daughter 
Elisa is a junior at W&L — didn't consider 
SBC but is in Rome for the semester, 
having a grand time and quite a reprieve 
from Academia...son Parker a senior 
in h. s., looking at colleges. He and his 
dad will be in VA next week looking at 
Randolph-Macon (the one in Ashland, 
VA), Roanoke Coll., and Lynchburg Coll.. 

52 • Foil 2007 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine ' 


Her youngest Martha (16) is a soptiomore 
witti a limitless social agenda, in fierce 
competition witli her older sister. Deborah 
is divorced BUT is dating her ex, and 
traveled with him and their younger 2 
children to Italy over Easter to visit their 
oldest. She's still practicing law, busier 
than ever, with a practice that somehow 
evolved to family law (=divorce law). 
Baton Rouge is still a great place to be, 

Cathy Calleo Staples sends news 
that she is still teaching part-time in 
the Honors program at Villanova U, and 
writing poetry (she has new poems in 
/Michigan Quarterly/, more forthcoming 
at /Prairie Schooner/.) Cathy and her 
husband Jim live in Devon, PA, and 
have 3 children: Claire, a sophmore at 
Wesleyan, studying art and Chinese, 
hoping to study in China this summer or 
next. Natalie is a freshman in h.s., loves 
school, friends, and all things 4-legged. 
This year she had her first season of 
foxhunting on pony "Cinnamon Twist." 
She and "cuz" Paul Cronin are especially 
close. Kevin is in 6th grade, loves history, 
his buddies, and all forms of bouncing 
balls, esp. soccer & tennis (two sports his 
Dad loves as well). Kevin also likes to ride 
Cinnamon — they did a pony club triathlon 
last year. 

As for me, Graham Maxwell 
Russell there is a wicked rumor 
circulating that I've remarried. It's just 
a rumor — I continue to be happily 
ensconced in a 1 3 year relationship with 
the love of my life. I am in year 19 of 
working at the Norton Museum of Art as 
the Associate Director of Advancement 
and Ira and I are enjoying our empty 
nesting! Alexander (24) is a 6'" grade 
homeroom teacher at the Pine School 
in Stuart, FL who still comes home to 
do his laundry and Max (21) is back at 
Duke after spending the 1 =' semester of 
his jr. year in Rome. We were all there 
for Thanksgiving which was great fun 
and spent Christmas in Las Vegas which 
was a belated 21 =' birthday for both the 
boys! Speaking of Italy, I see a great 
deal of Laura Evans who continues to 
split her time between Palm Beach and 
Umbria. She lives in a magnificent house 
overlooking the Umbrian hills but has an 
equally spectacular house a few miles 
away that is available for rent or sale! You 
can find it at 
Ira and I are off to Greece and Turkey this 
summer for some much needed R & R 
after a very long Palm Beach season. It's 
a joy hearing your news and please keep 
me in your contacts so I can be updated 
on all your comings and goings. If you 
have information on our classmates that 
wasn't sent in by them, please prod them 
to do so for the next issue — or submit it 


Mrs. John P. Sweeney 
74 Longuevue Dr 
Pittsburgh, PA 15228 

Claire McDonnell Purnell 
Four Thompson Street 
Annapolis, MD 21401 

Hello from Annapolis! 

Nan Dabbs Loftin spent a weekend 
in Savannah with May Carter Barger, 
Jane Terry and Allison Roberts 
Greene They had a great time touring 
around but spent most of the time talking 
and finding out how Jane likes being 
a newly-wed. She married Bill Feley in 
Apr, all is "wedded bliss," is living in 
Florence, SC. Nan also writes "As for me 
my daughter, Martha graduated from 
SBC in May with a degree in Art History 
and a certificate in Arts Management. 
She is now job hunting and hoping to 
move to DC. Any ideas let us know. Will 
just graduated from h.s. and is going to 
Limestone Coll. in the fall. We are really 
proud of both of them. New stages in 
our lives and theirs. Bill and I keep on 
working, but had a fun trip to Africa in 

Caroline Hawk Sparrow is living in 
Birmingham, AL and sees a lot of Laura 
Coleman Proctor in Birmingham and 
Virginia Donald Latham, who lives in 
Atlanta. Caroline writes: "Virginia and I 
and our respective spouses met up with 
Nancy Webb Corkery this past Nov. to 
visit Laura Evans '79 at her beautiful villa 
in the countryside outside Rome, Italy." 
Caroline called it a fabulous mini-reunion 
that they all plan to repeat this Sept. 
when they go back to celebrate Laura's 
50'" birthday. 

Whitley Greene is living north of 
Atlanta in Duluth, GA, She finished her 5'" 
post-college degree in Jul. Whitley writes, 
"I am a personal/professional coach 
drawing on my years of counseling, 
coaching, education, and business. I will 
return as h.s. counselor this year and 
pursue private and public schools in 08- 
09 as an assistant principal probably at 
the elem. level." You can view her private 
coaching practice website at www. Whitley coached the 
h.s. swim team last year and the girls' 
team took 4th in the state of GA. She 
will be swimming a 7.25-kilometer race 
around the Bermuda Sound in Oct. Lastly, 
Whitley says that she is "STILL single, 
God Bless the Spinster :o)." 

Sigrid Carlen Veasey is a Tenured 
Associate Professor of Medicine, U. 

Pennsylvania School ol Med. She has 
lectured in India, Iceland, Finland, 
Germany, and Canada. Some of the 
honors and awards thai Sigrid has 
received are: NIH Clinical Investigator 
Award; NIH Biological Rhythms Study 
Section Membership: NIH Sleep 
Academic Award; Circadian Rhythms 
Section Investigator Award. 

Helen Masters Durham lives in 
Rochester, Ml and writes: "I am working 
as the Manager in charge of Ticket 
Operations and Customer Services at the 
Mayo Civic Center in addition to Event 
Planning. The job is great and I love 
working with the promoters and meeting 
the talent. My oldest Arch is living and 
working in NYC, Ann Husted is following 
her dream and majoring in Dance at 
UNC-Greensboro, and "baby" Rob is now 
a senior, loves soccer and looking at VMI 
maybe for next year. Buck is great and 
working too hard as usual at the Mayo 

Things are quiet in Annapolis. John, 
Mary (13), Elizabeth (10) and I, Claire 
McDonnell Purnell, are taking family 
golf lessons in Baltimore. The girls have 
good swings and I am happy when the 
ball goes in the air instead of bouncing 
along the fainAiay. We are going to 
Saranac Lake, NY for a week. So relaxing. 

The next deadline for notes is Nov.1 . 
I will be sending an email in Oct. to 
classmates asking for news, but / do not 
have everyone's email address. If you 
have not received emails from me asking 
for news, please contact me. If you do 
not use email, call me at 410-267-9433. 
Take care and please write to me with 
your news. Claire. 


Consuelo Michelle Martinez 
6826 N. Kenton Ave. 
Lincolnwood, Illinois 60712 

As the new Madame Secretary I have 
big shoes to fill as the former Madame 
Secretary, Ethel Burwell Dowling has 
done an exemplary job the last 5 years. I 
was thrilled to hear from many of you and 
hope that you will continue to share your 
news with our fellow classmates. 

The first classmate to write with 
news was Debbie Price Bowman. 
Thank you tor your prompt reply! Debbie 
confirms that it is possible to return to the 
working world after 5 years of "working 
without pay" as a stay at home mother. 
For the last year Debbie has worked in 
marketing at Third Avenue Management 
in New York, a money management firm. 
Debbie's 3-day a week schedule allows 
her to maintain the right balance, which 
she admits, can be difficult at times. 

Daughter Kate completed 5th grade and 
Is off to junior high, while son Kessler 
graduated from kindergarten this year 
Husband Jeffrey travels quite a bit In 
his position while building up the ever- 
coveted frequent flier mileage. 

Leslie Hertz Firestone has been 
busy the last few years building a new 
home and pool In San /^tonio, TX. 
Leslie was sorry to have missed our 25" 
year reunion as the family attended the 
head stone dedication lor her lather In 
Cleveland, OH who passed away last 
Apr. She and husband Bob became 
grand parents for the second time, 
granddaughter Olivia was born in Vienna, 
Austria, as was her big brother, Sam. 
Leslie writes that DJ Stanhope '81 was 
a weekend houseguest last year while 
in town for business. OJ is the Executive 
Director of USO and attended the class of 
1 982 reunion in May. Leslie also keeps in 
touch with Liz Kauffman who moved to 
TX last year 

Liz Kauffman lives and works in Del 
Rio, according to Leslie a suburb of San 

Gail Mickley Murthy writes from 
Fort Worth, TX. She and her husband 
have their own business consulting with 
aviation-related entities. Gail also is 
finishing their weekend cottage at Lake 
Weatherford. Dogs Ponder, a black lab- 
like, Tiki, a Boykin Spaniel, and Jackson, a 
newly retired American Fox hound, along 
with Jamaica Bet, a thoroughbred horse, 
keep Gail busy. Gail attended the Virginia 
Hound Show and MFHA Centennial in 
Leesburg over Memorial Day weekend. 
Their hunt (Brazos Valley) performed well 
in both shows. 

College shopping already started 
for Heather Pirnie Albert and her 
youngest child with 3 prospective 
schools visited in one week! A road 
warrior, Heather spent the month of June 
traveling for MR Block to Tampa, Fl and 
Kansas City, MO. Fortunately Heather 
will be spending a few days of much 
needed R&R in Los Cabos, Mexico, a trip 
awarded by HR Block for her outstanding 

Monika E. Kaiser writes from Coral 
Springs, FL. Monika and family got a 
jump-start on their summer vacation 
in May, wasting no time they headed 
straight for the beach for much needed 
relaxation. The family plans to visit PA, NY 
and MA along with visits to universities 
for daughter Alexa who will graduate 
next spring. Monika will also visit Sophie 
Despres-Whitehouse in Boston. Sophie 
was an exchange student during our 
senior year In addition to traveling, 
Monika assists her daughter's drama 
class, with advertising, public relations, 
wardrobe and even sewing! If she can 
find time, Monika will also do some minor 
home improvements. 

Sweet Briar College Alumnoe Magozine ' 


Fall 2007 • 53 

Much fun was had at the 25th 
Reunion by our fearless president Leie 
Frenzel Casalini. LeIe cannot wait for 
our 30th reunion; in the meantime life on 
the family farm has been quite busy. Son 
Eli completed his first year of pre-med at 
Indiana St. with flying colors. Daughter 
Liza graduated from Brebeuf Jesuit 
High School in May and will head to U. 
Indianapolis to study psychology, while 
Sophie finished her freshman year also 
at Brebeuf. LeIe and Sophie will travel 
to Africa in Jul. to do charity worl< with a 
mission, working in 5 different homes for 
displaced and orphaned children. A 5-day 
safari in Kenya will follow along with an 
overnight stay in Dubai. 

Lee Watson Lombardy enjoyed 
visiting the college and seeing everyone 
at the 25"' reunion — she plans to come 
back for our 30th. Lee is frequently on 
the road with daughter Georgia (10) who 
performs in Irish dance competitions. 
Dance performances have taken the 
family to Ft. Lauderdale and NJ, in August 
they will travel to Savannah, GA for a 
competition. A stage mom for 3 years 
now, Lee has become an Irish dance 
expert — she and husband Warren are 
Georgia's biggest fans. 

Mary Ames Booker Sheret writes 
from Wilmington, NC. where she is a 
curator on the Battleship "North Carolina," 
a restored WWII historic ship. Her work 
includes interpretation, exhibits and 
education programs. If any classmates 
pass through Wilmington, Mary Ames 
would be delighted to conduct a personal 
tour. She can be contacted at: curator© Mary Ames also 
manages the website for her Episcopalian 
church and encourages her husband on 
his global, solo bicycle journey to raise 
awareness for landmine victims. See for details. They will 
meet in Vancouver, BC. in August for a 
brief vacation and she also finds time 
to visit Wilmington's local beaches and 
enjoys getting together with other local 
SBC alumnae. While in Washington, DC, 
conducting research, Mary Ames spent 
an evening with fellow SBC roommate 
Patti Borda Snodgrass and family, 

Martha Tisdale Cordell embraces 
her newest challenge in Tulsa, OK where 
she has been recently appointed Dean 
of Admissions at the U. Tulsa Coll. of 
Law. Martha previously served as Dean 
of Compliance and Dean of Students. 
She and husband David celebrated 22 
years of marriage and are busy with son 
Ryan (15.5) and daughter Mary Louise 
(13). Martha now knows the meaning of 
"sandwich" generation, relocating her 
parents to Tulsa to care for them; her life 
Is filled with teenagers and geriatrics. This 
year she and the family have traveled to 
Ireland, Belize, China, and Japan. She 
also plans a Jul. shopping and theater 

getaway to NYC with Mary Louise while 
the boys go on a fishing trip. 

Janet Goss writes from Bethesda, 
MD where she is a partner with GMMB, 
a progressive issues communications 
agency. Husband Sanford, a performer, 
sings and plays guitar in clubs throughout 
the DC area. Janet's family includes a 
daughter (1 1), a son (8) and a golden 
retriever (2). This summer they are 
headed to Fishers Island, where they go 
every summer to reconnect with family 
and friends. 

The art and music scene in 
hometown Athens, GA is still enjoyed 
by Ruth Fowler Bauerle and family. 
Recently she, husband Jack and their 2 
sons John (1 5) and Magill (9) traveled 
to Beijing, China to preview the 2008 
Olympic game venues. Jack is the 
head coach for the US women's swim 
team. When not traveling, Ruth enjoys 
weekends at the family farm where 
she grows organic produce and invites 
anyone to look her up if in the area. She 
also visits Lee Wolverton's mother 
yearly in Pont Vedre, FL. 

Polk Green wrote that she had "no 
real news" to report, Polk looked great 
and enjoyed herself at the Saturday 
evening festivities at the 25'^ reunion. 
We look fonA/ard to seeing Polk at the 
30'" reunion and for more than just one 

While at the 25"' reunion. Nancy 
Daugherty Davidson, Molly Finney 
Grenn and Valerie Youree made plans 
to get together, Nancy, Valerie, Molly 
and her daughter Grace (2 1/2) enjoyed 
a recent afternoon outdoors horseback 
riding in the VA countryside. The 3 
have enjoyed getting together over the 

Jane R. Dure relaxed after the 
25'" reunion in Mazatlan, Mexico 
referring to the vacation as her "last 
hurrah" before starting law school at 
St. Mary's in San Antonio, TX in the fall. 
She is contemplating environmental 
or immigration law. Jane has been 
managing the family ranch and working 
farm, two years ago she started a herd of 
natural, grass-fed cattle. The experience 
has been invaluable and Jane has 
become an expert in farming, subsidies, 
and dependence on foreign sources for 

After attending the 25'" reunion with 
her daughter Mary Whitney (1 6), Marie 
Engel Earnhart and daughter vacationed 
in Italy where they visited Venice, Rome, 
Tuscany and the Amalfi coast. 

Brianna Boswell Browne was sorry 
to have missed the 25'" reunion. She 
has been very busy teaching pre-school 
and is the current "director of home 
management". Daughter Hannah will 
graduate from arts magnet high school 
next spring, she intends to major in dance 

therapy and may attend Washington 
U. Daughter Sarah just finished her 
sophomore in h. s., and son Matthew 
6th grade. In between his law practice, 
husband Randy enjoys hiking and cycling. 
The Brown family also has 2 Norwich 
Terriers (Holly and Charlie). 

Jean C. Von Shrader Byran writes 
from Norfolk, Va. She is doing extremely 
well at her part time position with 
fundraising bringing in new accounts. 
Jean was happy to reconnect with 
Anthropology Professor Seaman who 
lives in Lovingston, VA. This summer she, 
husband Peter, along with their three 
children Betsy, George and Anne will 
vacation in Sanibel. She frequently goes 
to DC to visit her family and plans a 
mini-reunion with fellow classmates this 
tall. Always social, Jean recently spoke 
with Lisa Blake who is president of 
FireFly, a company specializing motion 
activated light merchandise. Based in 
Boca Raton, FL, Lisa has been president 
since 2003; you can contact her at 
www. fireflyflasti. com. 

Alice E.A. Dixon writes from 
Richmond, VA where she won her 
flight in the City of Richmond Amateur 
Golf Championship. Alice is a Certified 
Mortgage Planning Specialist, assisting 
clients in restructuring and repositioning 
their debts to maximize wealth generation 
while improving their net worth. She 
has a beautiful black Lab named Beau 
and enjoyed seeing everyone at the 25'" 

Patricia Whelan Schenck is in 
Albuquerque, NM where husband Bob 
is medical director of the U.NM dept. of 
orthopedic surgery. Patricia is a modern 
languages teacher at Sandia High School. 
Daughter Lillian will be a sophomore at 
the U.Ca, Berkley, son Gus will enter his 
senior year in h.s., daughter Helen her 
junior year while the twins, Marion and 
George their sophomore year. 

After a 22-year hiatus, I attended 
the 25'" reunion. I was thrilled to 
reconnect with classmates and visit the 
college. I was impressed with the many 
improvements to the campus and most 
of all to see that SBC still maintains its 
focus on educating women to be active, 
articulate and committed individuals. 



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Melissa Bryne Partington 
14441 Chepstow Rd 
Midlothian, VA 231 13 

Cynthia Pike Gaylord 
33 Edgehill Ave 
Chatham, NJ 07928 

Kathryn Marion, class of 1 984, Kathryn®, of Erie, 
CO, From Kathryn Marion: A great 
opportunity exists for SBC alumnae to 
be published and boost professional 
exposure. My company. Real Solutions 
Press LLC, seeks stories for books in our 
series, "The Smartest Thing I Ever 
Did...™" I would love to be able to publish 
stories from alumnae in our book, "The 
Smartest Thing I Ever a Woman 
in Business." There are also opportunities 
in "...with My Money", "...for My Health," 
"...tor My Family," and "...for My Child's 
Education." All contributors receive a 
byline and 100-word bio. I encourage 
anyone interested in submitting their own 
brand of wisdom to one or more of these 
books to visit www.RealSolutionsPress. 
com so they can be included in one of 
these late 2007 titles. I look forward 
to hearing lots of Sweet Briar success 
stories soon! 


Mrs. Cecily Venable Banks 
11 Harbour Rd 
Barrington, Rl 02806 


Mrs. Jean G. Guergai 
3641 Elderberry PI 
Fairfax, VA 22033 


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Mrs. Kathleen Meredith lacobelli 

4764 Outlook Way NE 

Marietta, GA 30066 


The class of 1 988 is looking fonAiard to 
reunion. Please mark your calendars! 

Jeanne Rovics Mexic saw Kristen 
Petersen Randolph (and 2 of 3 boys: 
Ranny, 1 1 ; Chnstian, 8) in Williamsburg 
VA, 12/06, Boys Blake Mexic (8), 
Christian and Ranny Randolph played 
together while mom's caught up. 

Christina Savage Lytle is busy 
with kids and helping at school with 
PTA. She loves leading Leslie's Daisy Girl 

54 • Fall 2007 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Mogozine • 

Scout Troop and Lucie's Brownie Troop. 
She was asst. coach lor Lucie's soccer 
team, amazing to see them grown and 
play! "No more hand holding, llower 
picking, butterlly chasing, cartwheeling 
on lield! Thank goodness Leslie's 
team keeps us smiling with 6-year-old 
antics!" They enjoy Irish Dance and 
danced in the Alexandria St. Patrick's 
Day Parade with the school. Leslie does 
gymnastics and ballet. She is busy with 
kindergarten, homework load isn't taxing. 
Christina brought Girls on the Run® to 
her daughters' school. GOTR is a life- 
changing learning program for girls in 
grades 3-8. (Girls on Track* is for girls 
in m.s.) It combines training for a 5k 
with lessons on healthy living, designed 
to instill self-esteem and strong values 
through health ed, life skills development, 
mentoring relationships and physical 
training. They had 38 girls last tall and 
ran the Reindeer Romp 5k in Reson, VA 
on 1 2/9/06. Haven't done a 5k since 
SBC I think! Or was it a 3k?" 28 girls 
participated in spring; the next 5k was 
May 9th in Fair Lakes, VA. Anyone can 
run, visit or to find a GOTR. 
She's looking for a program for boys — 
not easy to find! They went to FL to see 
sister Renee Savage '92 in May, Bermuda 
for Marion-Bermuda Race in Jun., a 
wedding in SC, and vacation in the outer 
banks. She got an announcement for 
Paige Taylor Hall '87's newest addition. 
Son Taylor has a baby sister Breeden, 

Heather Shettle Buerger is great! 
She's a rep tor the Carlisle Collection 
and works at her law practice part time. 
Christina would love contact from other 
SBC friends! "I CAN NOT BELIEVE '08 
is on the horizon! W/e're about ONE year 
from our 20'"! Start thinking about the 
trip to SBC! If you have suggestions 
for our '88 gathering, email Kelly or 
me. If Reunion won't work, consider 

Stephanie Wilt Smirnov still works 
at DeVries Public Relations in NYC, 
lives outside the city, northern NJ with 
husband Max and son Terry (4). They took 
an amazing 3 week trip this past summer 
to Russia, where Max is from — St. 
Petersburg, Moscow and Max's home city 
of Chelyabinsk (very, very, VERY far to the 
east, near Siberia!) — quite an adventure 
with a toddler, but an amazing time. They 
hope to get abroad again. 

Susan Detweiler finished a 4*^ 
season keeping scientists out of trouble 
in Antarctica, after another wonderful 
season guiding climbers in the Tetons. 
She and her partner enjoyed Yellowstone 
before heading "to the ice" and after her 
Australian climbing trip, she and Larry 
will spend 2 mo. canoeing a remote 
river in northern Canada. She loves 

the seasonal lifestyle and staying in 
touch with SBC friends. Her email is: 
climbersuz@yatioo. com. 

Kathryn Deriso-Schwartz is 

healing Irom extensive surgery after a car 
accident, She hopes to play tennis soon. 
Her kids are great. Webb is a boy scout, 
Burgen plays soccer. Kacki is practicing 
for a French competition and Chandler is 
busy with Brownies. 

Lisa Tennant has been busy. She 
left her job at AIM in May, and works 
for a shipping Jjrm. "Who would've 
thought I'd work with oil tankers?" She 
also knits a small line of accessories for 
a few boutiques. She also heads up a 
placement with the local Junior League. 
She would love to hear from friends 
at SBC! 

Paige Shiller Okun and husband 
Steve, Bennett (6), and Mason (4) have 
been in Singapore 4 years with Steve's 
job as Asia/Pacific Vice President for UPS. 
This past year they traveled to Shanghai 
and Beijing, China; Bali and Lombok, 
Indonesia; Burma (Myanmar); Bangkok, 
Phuket and Koh Samui, Thailand; and 
Western Australia. It's been a great 
experience for the children to meet 
people of different backgrounds. This 
year, Paige is the PTA President for the 
Canadian International School, where 
the boys attend. She is Chief Operating 
Officer for Caring for Cambodia, a 
non-profit organization that builds 
schools, trains teachers, and helps 
children in Cambodia. She's spending 
more time in that country, with and 
without the kids. For information about 
Caring for Cambodia check; www. She invites 
"anyone in SE Asia, please look me up, I 
would love to see you!" 

Whitney Bolt Lewis says she's 
happy and well in Charlotte, N.C. She, 
husband Ned and 2 boys are well. She 
visited Mary Halliday Shaw in Atlanta. 
Whitney says Mary looks great; she has 
the nicest boys! She speaks to Katie 
Keogh Weidner who seems to be doing 
well. Whitney looks forward to seeing 
everyone at our 20'". 

Kathryn Ingham Reese saw Katie 
Weidner at a paddle tennis party. Kathry 
still coaches and teaches m.s. English. 
They moved May '06, a mile from the 
old house. Landon (6) and Elliot (4) are 
at Tower Hill with her. She says "This 
comes in handy when your child slams 
her finger in a door at school and has 
to be rushed to the hospital (10 stitches 
and a fracture). 1 actually heard her 
screaming from MY classroom!" She 
went to SBC with her girls on her way to 
GA in spring. She's "excited to show them 
?/7e// college!" 

Katie Keogh Weidner says 
"Marriage the 2"" time around is so 
wonderful! When I got divorced I never 

thought I would find happiness again. 
Now I'm happier than I could've ever 
imagined!" She and husband Doug 
renovated his childhood home in Chester 
Springs, PA, and live there. Katie's 3 kids 
are 14, 12, and 8 and Doug's kids are 
22, 20, and 15. Their house is big enough 
for all of them and 2 dogs. Katie re- 
connected with Emery Jones Taylor '86. 
She was at parent visitation day at Katie's 
son's school. Their boys introduced them 
and they made the SBC connection! She 
looks great and keeps busy working on 
her larm with dogs and horses. Katie saw 
Paige Apple Montinaro Thanksgiving 
'06. She lives in Rye, NY She is still a 
world traveler! She told Katie they were 
just in London for a mid-winter break 
from school with their boys. They went to 
South Africa in spring. Katie also hears 
from Katrina Evans GattI from time to 
time. She and Paul live in Dublin, GA, love 
to golf. Katie says Beth Bennett Haga is 
in Dallas and always on the go. 

Katrina Evans Gatti and family are 
well. She's still on the board of Dublin/ 
Laurens Arts Council, active at Trinity, her 
alma mater where her children attend, 
and a member of D.A.R. Paul's still on 
the board of Children's Wish International. 
They golf together every week and enjoy 
tournament play in a couple's league. 
Mary-Claxton (1 going on 20) enjoys 
ballet, horseback riding, piano, and art 
classes, and attended Keystone Camp for 
the first time last summer. Soccer player 
Joe (5 going on 1 5) has 4 girlfriends 
though only one got chocolate and 
flowers and she's an older woman, 6! 
Both kids are skiers, loved spending time 
in Steamboat Springs in winter They 
went to Naples to see Paul's parents; her 
parents are in GA, they see them often — 
weekends at their farm. They added 
golden doodle Lilly Pulitzer to their family 
fall '06. Joe wanted to name her Sizzles, 
but that sounded too much like an exotic 
dancer. We're happy Mary-Claxton won 
the name game. 

Eden Zuckerman Brown reports 
that "after 1 5 years of being a clinical 
psychologist I need a new adventure. I'm 
going to film school and plan to make 
documentary films. I'm still in private 
practice part time and am in film school 
full time. It's lovely to be back in the 
creative realm! I'll keep everyone posted 
on the journey." 

Kate Cole Hite's children (11,8, and 
4) are finally at the same school. This 
past year she chaired the gala/auction 
for the school, but won't be doing it next 
year. Her family is happy to have her 
back! In fall '06, she turned 40! Husband 
Tucker surprised her with a weekend at 
the Ritz Carlton. In the lobby, up walked 
Katie Keogh Weidner MInta Jones 
Ford, and Whitney Bolt Lewis, another 
surprise! "We ate too much, drank even 

more, hung out, and caught up with 
each other. SBC (nends are the best!" 
Son Chase is in his 4" year ol Lacrosse 
and daughter Mackenzie in her 2'". She 
says Leslie Corrado's v;edding was 
fabulous! "She made each guest feel 
special. I had fun reconnecting with 
girls Irom '80 and '00, Katie Weidner, 
Kathryn Ingham Reese, and I had a 
blast! Our husbands took part in the fun 
too." She finished coaching Mackenzie In 
lacrosse this spring. With 2 of the 3 kids 
in sports, their hands are full. Cole (4) 
can't wait to get his chance to play 

Courtenay "Nici" Fraley Pechman 
married Scott Pechman, 3/1 7/07. She 
has 2 children, Jake (8) and Fraley (5). 
Scott has a son, Thomas (8). They live in 
Crestline, AL. Nici says it's "like Mayberry, 
we love it." Children walk to school 
and ride bikes to Crestline Village to 
restaurants, ice cream parlor, Starbuck's, 
etc. Nici hasn't practiced law since 1998, 
but may start again now that Fraley 
is in kindergarten. She enjoys being a 
newlywed again! 

Katharine McCoid Roth says, 
"Our big news is that Henry Montgomery 
Roth was born on 5 June in London." 
Henry has 2 big sisters, Molly (2) and 
Edie (4)." They took a ski trip to Vail, late 
winter. Children loved it, but she was 
slow at 6 mo. pregnant! They've been 
spending summer in NJ and ME. Edie's 
in kindergarten at Pembridge Hall (they 
start early in London!) and Molly's in 

Cameron Cox Hirtz and Tony (VMI 
'86) are still at West Point, NY home of 
the US Military Academy. Tony works at 
the hospital on post as Chief of Pediatrics. 
He also works with cadets. They love all 
the fun outdoor activities that keep them 
busy! Daughter Grayson is 6. Son Colby is 
4. Cameron says "They're into everything 
West Point has to offer; skiing, sports, 
swimming, fishing, camping, and more! 
We're very lucky to have good friends 
here. We live in a cute house on post and 
if anyone wants to visit, a guest room is 
waiting!" She doesn't get to see many 
SBC friends except when she goes down 
south. She does talk to Denton Freeman 
Kump. They get together when they can. 

Mariam Khan. Potomac, MD, hopes 
to be employed full time when notes 
arrive. She works part time at a Creperie 
in D.C. SBC Career Planning helps. I'm 
applying for web related writer/editor 
jobs, but am open to anything using 
verbal skills, PR or Press. 

Brenda Payne is a grandmother 
to Austin Wyatt Payne, born 3/3/07 
to John and Susan Payne, Encinitas, 
CA. He was 8 lbs 3oz., 22 inches long. 
Husband John had surgery in May, still 

Virginia Bennett Leeds graduated 
UNCG with her Masters in Education, May 

Sweel Briar College Alumnoe Magozine • 

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'07, teaches 4th grade at McLeansville 
Elem. Virginia signed daughter (3) up for 
swimming, ballet, and gymnastics classes 
for the summer Virginia says "My little 
girl is growing up!" 

Mary Halliday Shaw s twins, 
Mike & Jack, (15, in 10th grade) are 
driving with learners permits. If you 
live in Atlanta, lookout! Their rock band 
has come a long way; they've played 
some gigs. Kevin (1 1) is in 6th grade 
and a soccer star. Mary is in her 3rd 
year teaching at Holy Spirit Prep School. 
Husband Brad is still a SVP at the Home 
Depot, enjoys it. Mary saw Whitney Bolt 
Lewis while vacationing in The Isle of 
Palms, SC. 

Scarlett Roitman gave birth to Anais 
Bronte, 3/07. She and Mark have over 
1000 properties under development in 
Southern Europe and St Lucia and they're 
clocking up lots of air miles! Unfortunately 
she can't come to Reunion, but wishes 
everyone a wonderful time! 

Amy Gould-Pilz will begin studying 
for multiple subject teaching credentials 
in Aug. and will be done in time to 
celebrate Reunion '08! It's been a 
challenging year, the big "D" (divorce), 
but she and her daughter Madeline 
("Maddie," 11) are great! 

Tracy Tigerman Shannon's son, 
Ryan is in 7th grade, and younger sister, 
Kaitlyn, is in Kindergarten. Ryan joined 
young scholars in D.C. again this summer 
and Kaitlyn played softball. Tracy is 
heading on to her 1 7th of teaching while 
John is finishing up his Education degree. 
She also takes classes at UVA for her 
endorsement in administration. 

W/e took Kathleen (5) to Disney in 
May. It was a blast! It's amazing to watch 
the magic through her eyes. I can't 
believe she's in kindergarten. Thanks for 
all the emails! 



Miss Emmy S. Leung 
7102 Wynnewood Court 
Richmond, VA 23235-5619 


Mrs. Jean L Spillane Benning 
1506 N Bethlehem Pike 
Lower Gwynedd, PA 19002 

Vickie Campo Byrd 
2800 NE 22nd Street 
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33305 

Mamie Farmer Farley writes, "Headed 
to the beach Fripp Island SC with 
husband Matthew's family Son Miller 
is 8, Harry is 6, Joanie is 3. Doing an 
addition to the house and have to move 
out this summer — looking forward to 

Katherine Cooper Hoffman writes, 
"Cal (8) and Evie (7) are excited and 
nervous to enter 3rd and 2nd grade at a 
new school in D.C, St. Patricks. Would 
love to know other SBC families there! 
I've enjoyed Wednesday breakfasts with 
Stephanie Berger, and lunches with 
Julia Jacobsen '45 and am extremely 
grateful to Suzanne Petrie, Amy 
Lemieux, and Stephanie for all their 
support for my past business venture. 
In fall, I shift gears to direct marketing 
my family's insurance agency (Howard 
& Hoffman, Inc.). We're celebrating 101 
years (any party planners in the area?)!" 

Cathi Tavi Goslau-Rainold writes, 
"Married 1 year now! Still working for 
Property Management in Sales in Summit 
County, CO, Our first baby, a son, will 
be born in early Oct! Still involved with 
horses and 4H. Saw Cheryl Oilman in 
Apr.! New info: home 970-262-3883, 
cell 970-406-1 1 1 8, PO Box 6321 , Dillon, 
CO. 80435 

Stacey Lawrence Lee writes: "Will 
and I expect baby #2 at the end of Jul. 
Soon to be sister, Lexi is excited!" Signee 
Hoffman Swartley and Curtis welcomed 
Piper Anne 3/1/07, and are tickled to be 
parents despite sleepless nights. 

Lorraine Haire Greer writes: "Tom 
and I enjoy our new house and will 
celebrate Alex's 1 at birthday in Aug. 
This summer, we spent 4 days with 
Stephanie Berger, Jen Kemper Wallis 
and family at Nags Head, NC. It was 
wonderful having our families together 
and spending girl time. We plan to do 
this each year! In Jul. we are traveling 
to NH for a family reunion on Tom's 
side of the family We look fonward to 
seeing his parents, brothers, and sister, 
and to seeing some SBC friends at 

Gwen Fisher Glew writes: "Husband 
Rich and I celebrated our 15th wedding 
anniversary and 1 8th year together 
We have 2 sweet boys, Finnegan (4) 
and Duncan (6). I'm completing a 
developmental and behavioral pediatrics 
fellowship. We are trying to juggle 2 
parents working full time. It's a challenge, 
but tun and rewarding. We moved to the 
heart of Seattle from the burbs and enjoy 
being in the urban buzz." 

Joan Dabney Clickner has great 
news: a little girl, Georgia, born 3/25/07 
weighed 9 lbs 8 oz! She is very well, and 
everyone enjoys her awesome smiles. 
It's fun having a baby in the house 
and dressing her up in pink outfits-an 
unexpected pleasure! Big brother Ian 
enjoys having a sibling. Joan has seen 
Suzanne Ziesmann, who looks "mah- 
vellous," and has plans to see Erin Katz 
in Clearwater, FL in Oct. 

As for me, Vickie Campo Byrd. 
I'm writing from my parents' house 
in Tuscaloosa, AL. We are spending 3 
weeks here in Jul. and will then visit my 
husband's family in the NC mountains. 
It's nice to get a break from the hot FL 
summers and visit family and friends. 
Gamett (6 1/2), Ellie (4 1/2) and Caroline 
(2) love summer adventures! Hope 
everyone is doing well, looking forward to 
hearing from more classmates next time! 
Thanks to everyone who responded and 
sorry for the quick turnaround on my last 
min. email! 


Tricia Pheil Johnson 
10359 Church Hill Road 
Myersville.MD 21773 

It was great to see everyone at reunion 
and all the changes on campus-this was 
my first time back since graduation! I'm 
excited to be class secretary (I get to read 
what everyone is doing months before 
the magazine mails!) and doing the class 
notes-please make sure I have your 
current email address. I had A LOT of 
emails returned to me. 

Kathleen Hughes Hartman and 
Michael (HSC '91) were blessed with 
Amanda on 6/1 0/06. Kathleen writes 
"she's the best of both of us and keeps 
us laughing and smiling!" Michael taught 
5th grade last year but is going back with 
Wachovia and Kathleen is still with USDA 
APHIS Veterinary Services "doing lots of 
cool stuff." She reports that their new 
home in Valrico, FL is wonderful. She tries 
to keep up with Stephanie Brundage 
Snasdell, Kyra Meelan Werner and 
Barbara "6abs"Baisely McPartlin. 

Harriet Farmer Bunting and Scott 
live most of the year in Breckenridge, CO 
with sweet daughter Lucia, born 3/21/06. 
Lucia has a brother due to arrive 
9/28/07. Harriet and family still spend 
a few months of the year in Rincon, 
Puerto Rico where Lucia was born and 
where Daddy can catch up on his surf! 
She keeps in touch with Holly Caswell 
King, Kathleen Davis Willis, Ashely 
Cobb Phelan and Holly Hicks and has 
lunch with Sally Croker who lives in 
Breckenridge. Harriet will take a break 

from teaching h.s. to spend time with 
Lucia and her brother. 

Kelly Brown Estes is busy with 
exciting changes! After 1 4 years of 
teaching 2nd grade she'll teach 4th 
grade next year and husband Ken will 
soon start his own business operating a 
truck hauling company They are building 
a new house nearby Ben will be entering 
6th grade in the fall and Julia Katherine 
3'" grade. 

Katherine "Rin" Bradley-Black 
still lives in Manassas, VA. Her log cabin 
expanded with an addition to the house 
and the birth of son Gibson in 4/06. She 
works as a central office administrator in 
the office of special education for a local 
school district. 

Margaret McClellan Driscoll 
says all's well in Williamsburg! She and 
daughter McRae had a great time at our 
1 5th reunion and loved seeing everyone 
there! Parker finished kindergarten and 
McRae 3rd grade. They look forward to 
seeing Jen Toomey Driscoll and her 
brood for a family vacation! 

Jacqueline Geets Henry is near 
Washington DC in Great Falls, VA. She 
just had her 3'" child last Aug., son 
Phelps Hoyt Henry, who joins his older 
brother Jacques (3 1/2) and Charlotte 
(4 1/2), and is very active and crawling 
already She sees Lisa Crego (living 
in D.C.) and her 2 dogs. She still has 4 
dogs and one cat that are going strong 
in old age. They will visit Pokey Dupont 
Schiff and she keeps in touch with 
Jenny Brodleib Caccippo (who had 4th 
child Richard!). She would love to hear 
from anyone from'92 in D.C. or passing 
through. Sister Patricia '94, lives in D.C.- 
Patricia and husband Chip Hathaway 
(W&L '93) bought a house in Capitol Hill. 

Soon to be Dr. Charlotte Bonini 
and Driss have been in D.C. for over 3 
years. Driss works for the Red Cross 
and Charlotte for the National Trust for 
Historic Preservation. After 13 years she 
completed her doctoral thesis, passed 
her oral defense, and will attend her 
graduation this Nov. Though Charlotte 
will answer to Dr. Bonini — "don't ask 
me for anything more than a band-aid!" 
Aside from her doctoral thesis, it was 
a bittersweet year. Youngest brother 
Louis got married at home in ME-a 
fabulous time with family and friends. 
Unfortunately 6 weeks after the wedding 
her Dad died. Charlotte traveled a lot for 
work (PA, MN, and OK) which caused her 
to miss reunion. 

Natasha Stanfill Bullotta and 
Tom (W&L '89) have been married 1 2 
years! They have 2 boys. Miles (4 Vi) 
and Simon (1) and moved from Steriing, 
VA to Vienna, VA 3 years ago and love it! 
She stays home with the boys and has a 
great time raising them. Natasha misses 
hearing from old friends (Holly, Harriet, 

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Kyra. Camelot etc.) and hopes to tiear 
from you soon (nalastiabullottaOhotmall. 
com I 

Kelly Morton Robinson and Chuck 
still live in Knoxville, TN. Andrew (12) is 
in 6th grade, plays golt. Hannah (10) is 
in 5th grade, plays soccer. Caroline (8) 
is just being little sister She continues 
to see Dabney Ledyard Hopkirk and 
tries to keep up with Stacey Puro 
Rosenberg. She hated to miss the 
reunion, but hopes everyone had a 
wonderful time! 

Dabney Ledyard Hopkirk hoped 
to attend reunion, but her children were 
busy with end of the year activities. 
They're having a nice summer in 
Nashville, enjoyed a trip to Seagrove, FL 
with family and lan's parents visiting from 
Scotland. Youngest is Julianne 2 1/2, and 
her big brothers. Alec (1 0) and Will (8) are 
terrific caregivers. She would love to hear 
from classmates at: 

Meg Moss Guegan and Sebastien 
bought a house in Ashburn, VA. She 
is Director of Communications at the 
National Rifle Assoc. Daughter Charlotte 
(2) is starling to speak a little French 
much to the relief of in-laws. They see 
"Auntie" Charlotte BoninI and miss 
seeing everyone at reunion. 

Amy Peck Driscoll had "an 
interesting and challenging year!" 
Husband Paul is an Army Reserve Officer 
serving in Iraq. He left last Sept., will 
return Jan.08. Matthew (4) and Consie 
(2) know that Dad is chasing bad guys, 
but fortunately don't understand much 
more than that! They miss him and know 
that he's been gone for a long time. As 
a result of being a single mom for the 
year, she has learned all sorts of handy- 
work and makes the most of the time 
by painting, updating light fixtures, etc. 
to keep busy! She and the children plan 
to spend the summer visiting family and 
friends to make the most of the situation. 
If anyone is in the VA Beach area, stop by, 
she welcomes adult company! 

Cathy Driskill Hindman still 
teaches Kindergarten at New Covenant 
School and is lead teacher for grades K- 
2. Daughter Tabitha will be a sophomore 
at NCS this year and is beginning to look 
at colleges like the U.Chicago (Mom's 
not sure about that!). Her boys are great, 
growing so fast! Cathy enjoyed dinner 
with Tricia Phell Johnson's family 
at reunion and is sorry that she didn't 
make it to other events. She's going to 
TX in late Jul. to see Tabitha Nywening 
Slemmer (from freshman year). Tabitha 
visited her in Lynchburg last summer and 
is anxious to see her again. 

KImberley McGraw Euston, 
husband Greg, and 3 kids love the 
Atlanta area and enjoyed visits by Kate 
Haw, Suzanne Petrie Liscouski 1 '91 and 
Kimberly Wosicki Davis '89. KImberley 

has her own consulting business training 
senior executives in financial services. 
She was in London and will be going to 
Asia this fall. In May, she was a panelist 
at the Harvard Women's Leadership 
Board meeting. KImberley loves working 
from home so she can spend more lime 
with family 

Ann Knoke Kohudic and husband 
had 2nd baby Jackson Guthrie Kohudic 
3/5/07. Big sister Erin (3 h) is excited for 
a playmate! They had fantastic vacation 
at Hilton Head, SC. She has been in 
touch with Carrie Bake Wong a lot and 
hopes to get away for a girls-only trip 
somewhere in the US. 
Jennifer Toomey Driscoll moved to 
State Coll., PA, where Charles (W & 
L89) has purchased Mercedes-Benz 
and Nissan dealerships. They love being 
in a college town. There's lots to do and 
they're never at a loss for babysitters! Jen 
went back to SBC for the 15 yr. reunion 
and took Kate (9) and Betsy (6) while 
Charlie (4) stayed home with Dad. It was 
great fun! Jen looks fonA/ard to seeing 
Diana Bradford Walsh in CO and 
keeps in close touch with sister-in-laws 
Maragaret McClellan Driscoll and Daniella 
Ceccarelli Toomey '93. 

I, Tricia Pheil Johnson, had a busy 
2 years with daughter Amelia Grace, 
6/23/05. 1 bought a StrollerFit franchise 
last May and teach the exercise class 
to moms with babies in strollers. It's an 
excellent workout-don't let the stroller 
part fool you! It really got me in shape 
and I get to take my baby to "work" 
every morning. My class published a 
fundraising cookbook "Strollin' Moms 
in the Kitchen" to benefit a local charity. 
Amelia Grace and I did the TV and radio 
ads for Frederick Memorial Hospital's new 
birthing center. It was great to take her to 
reunion to see SBC for the first time-she 
loved the pink and green balloons! We 
look fon/vard to a Disney cruise in Jul. and 
a trip to the Outer Banks in Sept. with my 
parents and grandparents. 




Michelle MacMurtrle Constable 
335 Radnor Chester Road 
Villanova, PA 19085 

WOrf Uom your Class Notes Editor: Dear 
Class of 1993. 1 would like to apologize 
lor any notes that were not posted in tlie 
previous issue ol the magazine. I always 
enjoy reading Class Notes and will do 
my t)est in the future to print all of your 
submissions in a timely manner Ttiank 
you for writing! 

Kerry O'Donnell still loves life in NYC. 
She left her position as the VP of Retail 
Strategy and Marketing for Syence Skin 
Care when they relocated to Europe, so 
she is job seeking and doting on the "jr. 
critters" in her life-her nephews, nieces, 
and lucky children of friends. She enjoys 
catching up with SBCers when they 
come to the Big Apple. Lisa LaLonde 
Hamaker and I almost crossed paths 
there this year for a joint visit/retail 
therapy weekend with Kerry — a redo is 
on the calendar! 

Jennifer Mooney Risey wrote in 
with the news that her family will move 
to Marietta, GA when Jackson (6), Aldan 
(5) and Marigny (3) get out of school 
in Jun. Her husband Chris started a 
new company called Lantern Capital 
Partners, a corp. financial firm that helps 
businesses secure money to grow or 
go public. She is excited to be closer to 
Kerry Pollock Thomas and children 
Aidan (5), Brennan (4) and Ainsley (2), 
but will miss sunny FL after 10 years in 

Nalini Mani is still in D.C. working as 
a strategy consultant in the International 
Development arena. She spends roughly 
50% of her time traveling outside of the 
USA for work, mainly in the Middle East 
and Eastern Europe. She enjoys traveling 
for pleasure as well, and has until 2010 
to meet her goal of visiting every country 
in the UN. She goes to Armenia in Apr. to 
see Mt. Ararat and find Noah's Ark! She 
would love to hear from classmates. 

Pamela Subranni Berman and 
John have their hands full with the 
addition of Blake Maxwell to the clan. 
He joins sisters Jordyn (2), Colby and 
Logan (1 2) and adds a much needed 
shot of testosterone to the house! When 
schedules allow, I grab lunch with Pamela 
living in nearby Merlon, PA. She's as 
beautiful as ever and makes it all look 

Ashley File Phoenix is totally 
zen in Denver. Yoga on 6th, her Cherry 
Creek studio, is the hottest yoga scene 
in Denver and Ashley was named one of 
the city's Beautiful Young Entrepreneurs 

In 5280 Magazine. Somehow we're 
not surprised! Ashley sent photos of a 
back country skiing inp she took across 
France, described as "the experience o( a 
lifetime." She and John continue to adore 
life with baby McCall (3) 

Elizabeth Harder Botzis and Elliott 
love life in Greenville, SC willi son Raid 
(2). He has a sweet disposition, loves the 
beach like his mama and is already at 
home on a boat with a fishing pole. His 
mother and I burn up the phone lines as 
often as possible and I look forward to 
meeting him this summer. 

Stacey McClain Folwell is in 
touch with Dianne Hayes Doss Laura 
Warren Underwood I ■;.;'■, b/>.r . bush 
94 and Sabryna McClung Roberson. 
They got a visit from the Dosses, who 
surprised them at home in Jacksonville. 
FL to share a lovely dinner. Ever McClain 
Folwell (3) and Jenny Doss (3) got along 
famously. Future SBC roommates? Stacey 
decided to go back to work part time to 
utilize her MLS as a children's librarian. 
They adopted a new puppy and her 
hands are full! 

Sabryna McClung Roberson keeps 
in touch with everyone. Stacey McClain 
Folwell Laura Warren Underwood. 
Trade Allen Webber, Dianne Hayes 
Doss. Ginger Amon White '94, Pepper 
Cogshall Anderson '94, and Katherine 
Schupp Zeringue '94 talk frequently They 
and their families are well! Sabryna and 
Greg live in Sacramento. CA where the 
climate agrees with her burgeoning green 
thumb. They love traveling and have 
taken advantage of all that Northern CA 
can offer, with trips to Napa. Lake Tahoe, 
and San Francisco. Sabryna's interest 
in all things culinary led her to the world 
of libations — she's now witti Folsom 
Brewmeister and has already made some 
Black Lager to celebrate Mardi Gras! She 
plans to work on hard cider next. Sabryna 
and Greg toured the American Southwest 
in the fall, traveling through Great Basin, 
Bryce Canyon, Zion, Chiricahua National 
Parks and Monuments, as well as some 
great state parks in NV, UT, AZ and CA. /\n 
amazing trip, highly recommended! Being 
adventurers themselves they welcome 
travelers — Sabryna says to call anytime if 
you're in the area, lliey love comp' '' 

Fatty Sagasli Su, .3S. husband 
Jeff, and boys Sebastian and Adrian live 
in Mebane, NC. Patty finished her Ph.D. 
in 8/06, has worked at Elon U. 3 years, 
and looks forward to a change of pace. 
Her new position at UNC Greensboro 
starts in fall. Nothing has changed since 
SBC. Patty still volunteers for everything, 
including coaching her sons' teams and 
serving on church committees. Training 
for a triathlon and writing scholariy 
articles keeps this active mom busy! 

Jen Mooney Risey and family sold 
their house in Tampa and will spend 

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the summer on Daufuskie Island while 
waiting to move to Atlanta. She sends 
love to Kerry Pollock Thomas who gave 
Jen's husband a key and full ownership 
of her finished basement and comfy 
couch during the house-hunting process. 

Johana Kelleher Hoofnagle 
writes that she and Billy live in Northern 
VA, both working for Lockheed Martin. 
Colby (3 Yz) is a source of constant 
entertainment, particularly so with the 
addition of new sister Mackenzie Lane 
in 6/06. Johana's sister Nicole '97 
gave birth to first child Gabriela Marie 
in 2/07. Together they have a family 
of little vixens. For Kristen Swenson 
Sloop life is busy with 3! Katherine 
Liles arrived Easter morning '06, joining 
John and Eliza and Kristen 's other baby, 
Kootiebug Designs. The business, like 
everything else, is growing by leaps and 
bounds! Kristen has licensing agreements 
with wallpaper and furniture companies 
and sells to about 400 retailers now. 
Check out her website at www. — darling stuff! 

As for me, Michelle MacMurtrie 
Constable, I shared the thrill of a lifetime 
with my children Grace (8), Gedd (5), and 
Caroline (3) when we cheered their daddy 
on as he ran the Philadelphia Marathon 
in Nov We were so excited, you'd have 
thought we ran it ourselves! Jeff crossed 
the finish line weak in body but strong in 
spirit, and it was exhilarating to share in 
his triumphant moment as a family. I'm 
in touch with Elizabeth Harder Botzis, 
Ashley File Phoenix Kristen Hooper 
Polly Crawford Patti Doran Walczak, 
Pamela Subranni Berman and Kerry 
O'Donnell. They are scattered far and 
wide, but through the wonders of email 
(and Christmas cards!), we keep abreast 
of what goes on in each other's lives. I 
hope you will plan to do that next May 
16-18, '08— our 15th Class Reunion! 
We want to see all of your faces, meet 
your families, and explore Sweet Briar 
together again! Please go to the SBC 
website to update your information so 
that you will receive all the news and 
invitations to this wonderful event. 



Mary-Linda Morris 
6452 Cranston Way 
Dublin, OH 43017 


Ms. Holly Miller Mallos 
14 Barrow Ct 
Towson,MD 21204 

Mrs. Amy Daugherty Michel 
8185 E. Smooth Sumac Lane 
Tucson, AZ 85710 

Hey ladies! Our class "family" is growing 
this year So many of us had children, or 
are expecting that next Reunion will have 
a built-in playgroup! My congratulations 
to all of the new mamas! 

Jesse Durham Strauss and Oron 
welcomed Anna Josephine on 1/02/07, 
sharing a birthday with Jesse's freshman 
roommate Rachel Baltus, who came 
to meet Anna in the hospital! Later, 
experienced moms Jen Beck Locke 
and Katie Campbell Brumley came to 
Alexandria to meet Anna and help Jesse 
adjust to motherhood. Maternity leave 
was busy, but great. Mom & Dad took 
Anna to San Diego in Feb. to meet some 
of her extended family In Mar, they took 
a family vacation with Jesse's parents, 
sister and brother-in-law to Italy for 2 
weeks. Anna (9 weeks at the time) was a 
perfect traveler and likes the Italian food 
and wine. In Apr Jesse went back to work 
part time. She says she's finally settling 
into being both a mom and a meeting 
planner The Strauss family is looking for- 
ward to a 4th of July thp to Jacksonville, 
FL to visit Jen, Hunter, Marte and Thomas 
before they move to Chattanooga in Aug.! 

Kelly Collins Lear and Aaron had 
baby boy Theodore "Teddy" Michael, 
bom 4/02/07. He was 8 lbs., 1 2 oz. and 
they just made it to the hospital for his 
birth, 20 min. after arriving! Evelyn (2) 
likes reading to Teddy and giving him 
kisses. Sarah Reidy Ferguson, Teddy's 
Godmother, visited the Lear family in 
Cleveland for his Christening, Jun. 

Victoria Gajda Hartwell and 
Jehmal welcomed Leighton Marley 
5/21/07 at 2:55 pm. 7 lbs, 9 oz and 20 
in, a beautiful boy (absolutely true, I saw 
pictures)! He was born in Melbourne, 
FL, no complications at all. Victoria can't 
believe how quickly time has passed! 
The whole family is "adjusting" and doing 
well. There's not any other news to speak 
of besides Leighton, as they have been 
quite busy enough between preparing for 
his arrival and now tending to his every 
need. This is a very new experience for 
Victoria; she's doing extremely well with 
the help of her mother and her infinite 
wisdom and expertise! 

Susan Whitehead-Froehlich writes 
that after a quick 3 1/2 hours of labor, 
little Caden James was born 5/25/07 at 
11:24am(5lbs, 15oz, 181/2in).Sue 
has 3 mos. off from work and enjoys 
spending time with her son and having 
the summer off! It's everything BABY tor 
Sue and Mike-the house looks like a baby 
explosion of stuff, but they enjoy it all! 

Natalie Brown Adee and husband 
Jon welcomed Alexander Caspar on 
6/21/07. JJ (2) is very excited to be a big 
brother! Sarah Chaffee Paris, Jonathan 
and Isabella welcomed Steven Henry 
6/29/07, named in honor of Sarah's 
father, who died when she was at SBC. 
Steven weighed just over 9 lbs and 
was 21 .5 in! The Paris family moved, a 
week before Steven arrived, to an 1895 
Victorian in Milton, MA. Beth Ike tells me 
that life is great in Chariottesville! Susie 
Gross Leroy's husband opened a great 
new French bistro joint on Main St. C'ville 
called "Zinc." If you're in the area, stop 
in! Ashley Harper Matthews expects 
another addition to the family any second, 
and Margaret Brodie Williams '97 had a 
baby boy, Hudson Lawler Williams. 

Paige Vaught Campion writes: 
"Seems like every time I read our class 
notes, I'm impressed with everything that 
our class is doing. Life is great here. I saw 
Amy Daugherty Michel and precious 
son Xander in 4/07 — a wonderful trip. 
Amy and I caught up by playing with 
Xander and reminiscing about our times 
at Sweet Briar and beyond. I also went 
to see Carrie James Saunders '95 and 
son Finnigan (born 9/06) in Portsmouth, 
NH in May, for a long weekend with my 
daughter Ellie (3). Ellie got to practice 
playing big sister to Finnigan, since 
she will soon be one to our baby due 
8/1 1/07— another girl! 2007 has been a 
terrific year in the mortgage business for 
me (10 yrs. now), and my loyal customers 
from the past keep me busy I still work 
for Bank of America as a loan officer, love 
my job and being home once a week with 
Ellie. I cut back in Aug. when my daughter 
arrives to work 2 full days a week, quite 
a change for me. But I have 3 wonderful 
friendships that formed when Ellie was in 
an infant playgroup, and we spend every 
Wed. together Chris is great too, the 
best Daddy around in Ellie's eyes! She's 
a Daddy's girl for sure, but becoming a 
Mommy's girl lately, hmm. Hope to see 
more of dear SBC friends in the future. 
If you come to Raleigh, please email me, 
I have plenty of room! (paige. campion©" 

Katie Campbell Brumley and Rob 
expect their 2nd child! Katie is due late 
Sept. As her OB is in D.C., she will deliver 
there, even though the family still lives in 
Richmond. At a recent check-up, Katie 
stayed with Jesse and Oron and got to 
play with baby Anna, who is gorgeous. 
She still sees Wynn and Buff on a regular 
basis. They are both doing well. 

Mary Margaret Dixon Biss lives in 
Skaneateles, NY (part of the Finger Lakes 
Region near Syracuse) and works at a 
doctor's office 4 days a week. The newest 
change in life is that she and Andy expect 
their first baby in Sept.! It's a giri, so 
look out class of 2029! Lisa Aumiller- 

Anderson and Brad are having their 3rd 
child, a baby giri in Sept. This baby will 
be delivered at home just like Joli (2) and 
Quin (4). Lisa is becoming a partner in 
the vet practice where she has worked 7 
years. Lisa and Tracy Walters still get 
together and celebrate the good old days. 

Shann Fountain Culo lives in 
Zagreb, Croatia with husband Tomislav, 
daughter Noemi (3), and son Andre (2). 
Shann is a travel writer for magazines 
like Travel and Leisure a[\6 CondeNast 
Traveler. She sees Slavica Olujic '95 
often, as Slavica also lives in Zagreb. 

Sarah Dennis Roberts and Hayden 
enjoy raising Jackson (4). Jackson 
welcomed a cousin to the family this year 
so he is no longer the only grandchild 
on both sides of the family The Roberts 
family returned from NC and plan to 
travel to CO and TN later this year Heidi 
Faulconer Cavanaugh and Tom still live 
in NJ with son Reilly (2). The Cavanaughs 
bought an 1860 farmhouse last summer, 
which they absolutely love! Tom still 
works for Celgene Corp. in Summit, and 
Heidi stays home with Reilly loads of fun 
and cute as can be! Heather Baskett 
and Layla moved to Atlanta, where 
Heather is the Elephant Supervisor at Zoo 
Atlanta. They still have a furry family of 
2 dogs and 2 cats! Kimberly Shaheen 
White writes that she's just teaching 
and teaching! Her husband Jeff (HSC 
'96) has more exciting news. His band, 
"Giant Bear" {w\,vw.giantbeartn. com/www. 
redwaxmusic.neti recently signed to a 
label! They finished a west coast tour that 
took them across the U.S. One of their 
songs, "Nashville," has been picked up 
by PASTE! magazine sampler and will be 
on bookstands in Oct. Their latest album 
will be available in stores on 8/12/07. 
Kimberiy's sons, Max (4) and Marley (2) 
are enjoying the summer swimming and 
visiting friends. 

Abby Phillips Hinga and husband 
Sean moved to Denver in Apr and have 
bought a new house, LOVE it! Abby 
telecommutes for Strategic Analysis, Inc. 
(the same company Jesse Durham 
Strauss has been with for years — funny 
how things happen!). Sean has a new 
position with the same organization. Of 
course, Abby misses seeing everyone 
that lives around D.C., but is now close 
to Janeen Sharma and Laura Powell 
(and Ellie, who is now a teenager!). She 
writes how great it's to see them so 
much, and would love to have visitors if 
anyone is coming out west. 

Angle Conklin Abell and husband 
Barry are remodeling an investment 
property they purchased this summer, 
making their 3rd property. The plan is to 
rent it out. Angle's baby starts school this 
fall, so there will be no children in the 
house all day Wow, time flies; good thing 
they got a teacup Maltese, the newest 

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baby! Taulman turns 8 in Oct., and Hope 
will be 5 in Sept. Angie works hard in 
real estate and other than investing, 
she gets to the beach with her kids as 
much as possible and enjoys time with 
the family. When not doing those things, 
it's laundry, cleaning etc.— busy being 
a Working f\/lom! She and Barry are 
taking the kids to Turks & Caicos in Oct. 
to a "Beaches Resort" and look forward 
to the much needed vacation! Anyone 
wanting to visit the beach should call, 
they'll put you up. They're very happy, 
thankful for llieir cliiklion, and doing 
great! Jen Beck Locke. Hunter, fvtarte 
(4), and Thomas (1 8 mo.) will move to 
Chattanooga, TN in a lew weeks, as 
Hunter begins a new adventure with 
Georgia-Pacific. He will be the Plant 
General Ivlanager of a packaging plant 
and is excited about the tremendous 
promotion. Jen will be staying home with 
the kids and volunteering at Habitat for 
Humanity and hopefully the aquarium 
in downtown Chattanooga. The Locke 
family is very well and stays busy, looking 
forward to seeing Jesse Durham 
Strauss. Oron and baby Anna (6 mos.), 
who are coming to visit 7/4/07, before 
the move. Jen keeps in touch with SBC 
gals and looks forward to some coming to 
visit in Chattanooga. Also, Jen's brother 
Chris and wife Susan Holman '98 will be 
moving outside of Chattanooga at the 
same time as Jen and family. Susan is 
an Assistant District Attorney and has 
been given an opportunity to prosecute 
in the area. Jen is thrilled! She sends 
much love to all and says to please keep 
in touch. Also, anyone wanting to visit 
Chattanooga, Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, 
etc., give them a call. They have plenty of 
room in the new house, and would love to 
visit with you! 

Laura Lee Rihl Joiner and Brad will 
move again this summer, to Birmingham, 
AL. Laura Lee is getting out of the Army 
and will be part of the teaching staff in 
the OB/GYN department at the U.AL at 
Birmingham. They look forward to settling 
down in one place with the kids: Allison 
(5), Brad (4), Catherine (1 on IVIay 30'"). 
She sends love to all. 

Sam and I, Amy Daugherty Michel 
adjusted well to being new parents and 
love every minute of it! Xander is almost 
4 mos., growing and learning every day. 
He is an absolute joy! As Paige wrote, we 
had a wonderful time when she visited 
in Apr. It was so much fun to see her 
pregnant and to see her with Xander! Like 
Jesse's Anna, he's a great traveler: in 
tVlay we flew to San Francisco, then drove 
up the coast to a little town called Fort 
Bragg to spend Mother's Day weekend 
with my siblings and their children and 
grandchildren. It was Xander's first 
opportunity to meet many of them, a 
great time. In Jun., Xander and I traveled 

solo to Northern CA to be with my sister 
and her family for niece Graysen's 1st 
birthday. We hope to travel more in the 
coming months, seeing family and friends 
all over the country. It any of you find 
yourselves in the Southwest, let me know, 
we'd love to see you. Take care, and I 
wish each of you and your family much 
health and happiness! 


IVIrs. Kerri R. Burtner 
601 N Rosina Ave 
Somerset, PA 15501-1327 


\c,uu^;v 3.00S: '??ia^ 16-16. ^OC^ 
Cynthia Bumgardner'Puckett 
850 Washburn Avenue, Apt. 219 
Louisville, KY 40222 

Hello, Friends! Reunion planning is 
underway and you have been assigned 
a classmate on the Reunion Hospitality 
Committee (RHC) who will be your 
primary contact for all things Reunion! 
Our 1 0'" yr Reunion is May 1 6-1 8, '08 
and we don't want anyone left out! Be 
sure to update your info on the SBC 
Alumnae web site and e-mail me if you 
have not been contacted by the RHC. Be 
sure to watch for Reunion mail from SBC! 

Joanne Hopkins hiked from 
Richmond to Williamsburg and back to 
raise money for the National Multiple 
Sclerosis Society: "It was hot and humid 
on day 1 , poured down rain on day 2, but 
was still a fun time. Next up is a biking 
trip to Norway that begins in Bergen and 
bikes past all the fjords! This Spring I 
went to New Zealand and Australia (2nd 
time). It was awesome! Wish I could have 
stayed! I did a lot of hiking and competed 
in 2 open water swim races, placing 
2nd in my age group in one of them. 
My friends and I hiked the Tongariro 
Crossing in New Zealand (it was like 
walking across the moon or Mars) and in 
Australia we went snorkeling at the Great 
Barrier Reef." She also visited with Kim 
Izquierdo who was in D.C. on business 
for a few days. 

Jeanette Oswald lives in Brooklyn, 
NY. She finished her 3rd NYC marathon 
in Nov 06. She sees Natahsa Alam '99 
regularly, and she spent a few days in 
Alaska and Las Vegas for vacation. 

Marqulta Belzer Rhodes finished 
her 1st half-marathon in May in 
Burlington, VT. "It poured rain at mile 8, 
but I crossed the finish line smiling and 
with a time that was well under 3 hours. 

I have made small gains as a ghost 
writer. Republished nationally in a few 
transportation magazines and regularly 
published in the local paper. My Mom and 
I are working on a movie script. Working 
on a creative project with a parent has 
opened my eyes to a different side of 
personality, capabilities, and wonderment 
in us both. I often think— why hasn't 
she done this before now? Why haven't 
I? Dustee and I have lived in Saratoga 
Springs, NY for over 6 yrs and continue 
to enjoy the Adirondack forest playing 
ground for running, cycling, and picnics. 
Black fly season is currently underway. 
One of the best things about our 5 yr 
reunion was catching up with people I 
didn't know well in college and making 
friends. Hope to see you all at the reunion 
in May!" 

Kelly Bowman Greenwood and 
Dana Bordvick Poleski met in Vegas 
in Apr. to see the FEI World Cup Show 
Jumping & Dressage Finals, "although 
[Kelly says] I swear I'm not getting on 
a plane again until this child is born 
because the whole airline/airport 
experience was miserable (being parked 
on the tarmac for 45 min, unable to use 
the bathroom! Standing— no place to sit- 
in a security line for over an hour!). It was 
worth it to catch up with Dana and for the 
prenatal massage at the Bellagio. Wayne 
and I still plan to move to a more baby- 
friendly house before the munchkin is 
born in mid-Sept. If anyone would like to 
buy the Floating House Wayne designed 
and built, you can see the HGTV featured 
tour here: 

Charlotte Rognmoe Gilbar s 
household is as busy as ever, "I 
completed my M.Ed, in Educational 
Leadership and finally feel like I can 
breathe. My family has been very 
supportive and Dennis has taken extra 
responsibility while I was in class. I will 
continue to teach 5th grade at Amelon year. Joe (7) and Carson (4) 
are growing like crazy, time is flying. 
Joe will be in 2nd grade and Carson will 
start SBC preschool in the fall." Rhonda 
Tyree's "little man Parker is growing so 
very fast — just graduated preschool and 
his very first tee ball season. He will start 
kindergarten in the fall, sniff, sniff." She 
keeps in touch with Melissa Coffey and 
Jennifer Anderson. They are all headed 
to see Jimmy Buffett soon and can't wait 
for their dose of Margaritaville! 

Valerie Walston bought a house 
in the beach town of Santa Barbara, 
CA. "I've finally retired from campaign 
politics and have taken my PR experience 
to academia where I work as Dir. of 
public relations for the nanotechnology 
department at UC Santa Barbara. I'm 
proud of the work they do here, it's one 
of the best engineering schools in the 

country, and I'm excited to be a part of 
it! My office is 20 ft from the beach and 
has a 180 degree view of the Pacific. I 
never want to leave! I'm still doing my 
bike centuries, but I've decided to push 
mysell athletically and tram for the Nike 
Marathon in SF this Oct. In training, I've 
learned that I really, really hate running. I 
can't wait to gel back on my bike!" 

Joanna Kucinski is also 
professionally entering the academic 
world as a full-time Visiting Prol ol 
European History at VT in the fall. She is 
defending her dissertation, "Nature o( the 
Beast: Animals, Humans, and Society in 
England, 1660-1714" in Aug at Duke. It 
looks at how animals were understood/ 
conceptualized in early modern English 
culture, and how animals helped humans 
define their own place in society during 
the Restoration. Go Joanna! 

Bobbie Hedrick Atristain was 
featured in the 6/27 episode of Ghost 
Hunters "Toys of Terror" (http://sdti. 
com/ghoslhunlerS). helping the crew ol 
TA.PS. investigate a haunted house in 
Chesapeake, VA. "We shot the episode 
last Sept: you can view pics from the 
shoot here: 
ghosthunters_shool.php. " 

Cyndi Hague Hineline is happy 
that husband Shawn has a teaching 
position to return to in the fall, after a 
school levy scare (OH), and she is also 
happy to announce that her Tupperware 
business picked up this summer and she 
was number 1 in her unit's May sales! 
"It's such a fun job, and I love that it lets 
me stay home with Alex. He is crawling 
and getting into everything. He's also got 
at least 2 teeth coming in right now, so 
he's a complete bear a lot of the time. 
But the times that he's not are completely 
wonderful!" She keeps in touch with 
Kelli Rogowski '99 and Heather 
Thomas Armbruster and is hoping to 
visit Cynthia Bumgardner Puckett 
sometime soon, 

Cynthia Baumgardner Puckett's 
family relocated to Louisville, KY for her 
husband's Humana job. "I keep busy 
with Virginia (2), waiting for our son to be 
born, wrapping up 06-07 Annual Fund, 
and working with the RHC for Reunion!" 

Armed with her doctorate, Astrid 
Liverman moved to Kailua, HI (O'ahu) 
where she teaches preschool ("aka the 
most fun ever") until she starts as an 
architectural historian for the Hawaiian 
department of land and natural resources 
in the fall. "I'm excited to put those years 
of schooling to use. Anyone coming 
here — look me up! Most recently I saw 
Megan Butt Glover '99 in San Diego and 
Abby Schmidt '00. Due to the distance, 
everyone else is mostly lots of phone 
calls. Hurray for weekend minutes!" 

Rush Harris works as a 
paleontologist in Vernal, UT for a 

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consulting company that surveys 
proposed oil and gas field development 
sites. "I look for fossilized turtles, 
crocodiles and bizarre mammals before 
tfiey get bulldozed. Mostly ttiat means 
wandering around in the desert all 
summer and following huge bulldozers 
around. It's been a great new experience 
and I have learned a lot. I'm still in my 
little house with Jory, 6 animals and 
a yard full of cactus and wildflowers, 
although I'm considering a move back 
"home" to AL in the next year or so." 

Chantel Bartlett continues work in 
the non-profit education world managing 
a scholarship for h.s. grads. Another 
successful event recognizing the top 
scholarship winners came and went. She 
even personally sponsored a scholarship 
promoting entrepreneurial spirit for an 
incoming SBC girl. Chantel had put her 
efforts into the jewelry business on the 
back-burner, hoping to find some time 
late summer. A business trip to LA in 
Apr allowed for another opportunity to 
have dinner with Candice Broughton 
Maillard. The 2 celebrated birthdays 
together! This summer, Chantel and 
Alicia Foster Wilbun spent a weekend 
catching up and playing with little 
Brianna. Chantel caught up with Natia 
Nemetisheva and learned that she and 
her husband are expecting their 1st child 
late '07! 

Joelle Jacl<son is doing great in 
Murfreesboro, TN, loving her job, and 
enjoying fixing up her "little condo". She 
keeps in touch with Isabel Jean-Pierre 
regularly and will see her later this 

Erin Wortley Valliere says that 
things in Northern VA are good but 
hectic. "I was fooling myself to think it 
gets easier as the kids get older but it's 
a fun busy-dance classes, swim team, 
birthday parties. To simplify my life, I left 
my job at Micron Technolgy to go work for 
General Dynamics supporting the Marine 
Corp in defense acquisitions. The hours 
and responsibility are much more family 
friendly With all the chaos, I don't see 
people and keep in touch like I should. 
Sorry to all and miss you much!" 

Cady Thomas writes that things are 
going well in Raleigh. She is staying busy 
with work and travel and was hoping to 
see Serena and Tara Putegnat ('00) in 
Aug at their families' vacation in Nags 
Head. She also keeps in touch with 
Susan Barney, Lindsay Gulp, Katie 
Martin, Bronwyn Beard and Elizabeth 
Baker '00. Additionally she planned on 
attending Emily Busse's Aug wedding in 
Pittsburgh, PA, 

Stephanie Belk Loter and husband 
are excited to add a human child in Dec 
to their family of furry pets. They recently 
vacationed in NC mountains for their 8th 
wedding anniversary, "and it made me 

miss the views from SBC. Can't wait for 

Kathy Carr has a regular client for 
her personal chef business and new 
inquiries. "I love this and hope to land a 
few more clients so I can cut back at my 
other job. In personal news [avid baseball 
fan], hopefully I'll be in attendance when 
Craig Biggio gets his 3,000th career hit. 
In Aug, I'll visit Chicago for the first time. 
Alison Burnett is joining me for a Cubs 
game at Wrigley Field." 

Jessica Brandrup married Jason 
Smith on 5/26/07 in Fort Worth, TX. 

Darrelle Pfeiffer wrote in that 
Kindle Samuel married Terance Barkus 
in Africa on 7/7/06 and had a US outdoor 
ceremony in Napa, CA on 7/7/07. Darelle 
and Tim were able to make a vacation 
of it, and Darelle was honored to be one 
of Kindle's bridesmaids. Katie Gumerson 
Althshuler '97 and husband Brooks were 
also in attendance. 

Amanda Diamond Ring's son Asher 
Caleb was born on his due date, 3/30. 
"We giggled, laughed and joked from 
beginning through pushing!" 

Todd and Natalie Recupero 
Lindfors had son Carter Anthony on 
4/25. "His sisters love trying to help take 
care of him at only 2 yrs-old themselves, 
so it's not really a help yet! I'm still 
staying at home with the kids, although 
now is crunch time for 2 fundraising 
events that my husband and I organize for 
the Alzheimer's Association Southeastern 
VA Chapter." 

Jennifer Toler Ober and husband 
became parents on 5/1 to Maya Marie 
June. "Our daughter was born 3 wks 
early while we were on vacation. What 
an adventure! However everything 
went so well it's humbling. The doctors 
and nurses were excellent-fun and 
competent-and Maya came out healthy 
and ready to go. People say the giri 
has character for being born while on 
vacation. I agree; she was conceived 
while we were on vacation and born while 
we were on vacation. She gets that from 
me; I live tor vacations (which are few 
and far between). Lucky for me, German 
laws allow one full year of maternity leave 
while still keeping my job (IT Consultant). 
That means I can devote my time to 
Maya's 1st yr and experience all the fun 
stuff such as the 1 st step or 1 st word and 
8 hours of continuous sleep." 

Sandra Dittmer Anthony had 
healthy boy Hunter Owen on 6/2. He 
keeps his parents on their toes every day! 

EXPECTING BABIES in '07: Monica 
Brown Cynthia Bumgardner Puckett, 
Kelly Bowman Greenwood Natia 
Nemetisheva Stephanie Belk Loter. 


Ms. Lindsey Neef Kelly 
15012 Ashby Way East 
Carrollton.VA 23314 

After realizing that she didn't want a 
traditional 40 hr. lifestyle, Christy Carl 
Allison worked her way to Asst. Dir of 
The Herb Cottage gift shop at Washington 
National Cathedral. This year, she'll take 
the course at Institute for Integrative 
Nutrition in NY, and pursue a career as 
gift shop owner, holistic health counselor, 
artist, and whatever else! 

Aimee Armentrout began her 2"" 
year teaching Kindergarten at Ladysmith 
Primary School in Caroline County, VA, 
loves it! She bought a house in Ashland, 
moved in Jul. She is still active with Camp 
Fantastic and still writing. 

Angela Walton Carpita married 
Christopher Carpita in Annapolis, 
6/23/07. Long lost SBC friend Jessica 
Tinfo attended. Angela is in touch with 
Kibby Breyenton Furgessen '00 who is 
in England, and Astrid Liverman '98 in 
Hawaii who couldn't attend the wedding. 
Angela teaches science and art at an 
alternative h.s. in MD and coaches field 

Rachel Barnard Fendley and Bill 
are enjoying Will. Two french bulldogs 
Emma and Hogan adjusted nicely to the 
baby Rachel resigned from teaching 4'" 
grade teacher to be a stay at home mom, 
still rides in spare time. 

Devon Vasconcellos Bijansky 
and Steve have gotten into triathlons and 
had a full summer of races — she's even 
running a half-marathon in Philadelphia 
in Sept. Her days are filled with swimming 
(open water if possible), running, and 
cycling. In Devon's "spare time," she's still 
an enforcement attorney at the TX Real 
Estate Commission and has fun drafting 
agency rules to implement controversial 
new legislation. Steve should get his 
Ph.D. in 5/08, and then they'll likely leave 
Austin for parts unknown. They travel 
whenever they can and have been to 
Banff, Canada and back to Hawaii. Devon 
looks forward to seeing Lindsey Kelly and 
meeting little Cafe Kelly in VA in Sept! 

Rachel Bratlie and husband Chris 
are well in Charieston, SO, Rachel will 
complete her residency in psychiatry, 
6/08. She was selected and will serve as 
Chief Resident her final year. 

Amy Gibbs Brown gave birth to 
baby boy Malcolm Bailey Brown, 5/1 1/07. 
Now, he has red hair! She still lives in 
Boulder, CO with Kenton and Cooper (2). 
Cooper is jealous that baby gets to have 
so much milk! Amy has gotten involved 
with a women's charity organization, 
BouldeReach, which support micro- 
lending for women in South America. 

She's excited to help women and children 
in need. Kenton works at National 
Institute for Standards and Technologies, 
really likes the group of physicists he 
works with. He loves the rock climbing in 
CO. Amy misses living on the East coast 
and can't wait to move back. 

Andrea Capano is still a 7th grade 
science teacher She received the position 
of District Science Curriculum Chair and 
completed her Masters Degree of Science 
in Education from tJ. of New England. All 
this accomplished with an active little 
boy at home! Alexander (1) keeps her 
busy. He enjoyed surf and sun of ME all 
summer. Andrea and Roderick still reside 
in Harrison, ME. Roderick transitioned to 
a new position in the Old Port of Portland, 
ME as restaurant manager. 

Brenda EIze took a 2-week trip to 
Tahiti late in spring with military friends. 
It was an amazing paradise — trip of a 
lifetime. They even stayed in an over- 
water bungalow in Bora Bora! Brenda's 
getting out of the military in Sept., but 
doesn't know what to do afterwards just 
yet, hopes to move back east, 

Krista Wiggington Gravatt 
graduated from UMI's M.S.W. program 
in Apr., is looking for work as a part- 
time early childhood specialist. She 
and Latham welcomed 2"" son Carter, 
10/31/06. Krista, Latham, Carter, and 
Lucas (3) reside in Belleville, Ml. 

Kris Harris is acting manager 
at PricewaterhouseCoopers and took 
a couple weeks over the holidays to 
study for and pass the CPA exam. She 
was licensed late spring and went to 
Honduras for an audit of a humanitarian 
and relief organization. 

Melissa Henning Hill started work 
part time for Meeting Sites Resource in 
Jul, doing hotel contract negotiation. 

Lindsay Hicks Watrous and Tim 
still live in West Phoenix with German 
shepherds Sage and Maggie. They put 
their houses on the market in hopes of 
moving to the East Valley, closer to family 
On a quest for more work/life balance, 
Lindsay quit her full-time position at a 
public relations agency to be a part-time 
PR consultant from home. 

Lindsey Neef Kelly enjoys life as 
a working mother Her job, conducting 
foreclosure sales in eastern VA and 
managing her department's litigation 
and title work, is fun, keeps her busy. 
Daughter Catherine (3/1/07) is growing 
quickly and doing well at day care. 
Husband Sean was promoted in his work 
as an Infrastructure Implementation 
Engineer at Langley AFB, Lindsey 
enjoyed meeting and getting to know 
Lily McGinley '93 over the internet. She 
became a new mom at almost the same 
time as Lindsey! 

Heather McLeod and husband TJ 
Griffin still live in Austin and expect their 

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first baby in Oct . a boy. They are very 

Gina Marie Mondel still spends 
winters riding in West Palm Beach, FL 
and is heading into her 8"' year of owning 
and operating a tutoring service that 
specializes in young equestrians. This 
past summer she lived in Lexington, KY's 
downtown area and enjoyed the social 
scene. Gina continues to compete on the 
circuit and sees Cara ivieade regularly, as 
she works tor llu' same ham. 

Kristin Smith Radtke celebrated 
her 30th birlhday with Trip by closing 
on their new home in Atlanta. She spent 
her summer off from school buying new 
furniture and painting. She and Trip 
celebrated 7/4 with a run in the annual 
Peachtree Road Race. 

Shannon Smith lives in Garner, 
NO. She Is a veterinanan in Fayetteville, 
NC at Cape Fear Animal Hospital where 
she's been for a year, plans to spend at 
least another year. Her sister got married 
in Mar. and a good friend is competing 
in the IVIiss NC pageant, which keeps 
Shannon busy. Go Miss Eastern Carolina! 
Shannon is active at Covenant Church 
International. She's always going to Bible 
studies and meetings. At the end of Sept., 
she went with the church on a mission 
trip to Russia for 10 days where they 
worked with orphans providing dental 
care, teaching basic life skills, and giving 
them much-needed love. 

Tina Hansel Snover, David, and 
daughter Brenae (10/12/06) settled in 
Lynchburg! If you need a place to crash 
or want to go to La Carreta, give Tina a 
call! Tina is being a Mom and working out 
of the house, enjoys life very much. 


Elizabeth Davis Baker 
1008 8 Walnut Dr 
Smithfield, NC 27577 

Hello, Class of 2000! Thanks to those of 
you who sent in notes this go-round, and 
if you didn't, email me at elizabethbake® to include all your news for 
the next issue. We love hearing what 
everyone is up to, and it sounds like 
we're all quite busy! 

Alison Stockdale and Adam 
recently celebrated their first wedding 
anniversary with a beach thp, and Alison 
says they have been busy working on 
home projects and attending weddings 
and baby showers. She loves her new 
position at work and has traveled to AK 
and NM. Anne Ryan Sinnot Craig is 
working in Harrisonburg, VA at JMU and 
enjoys it. When she is not working, she 
is a busy mom chasing daughter Abbey 
(14 mos.) around the house. Anne Ryan 

and her husband recently visited SBC 
with Abbey where they bought her some 
Vixen pink and green baby apparel, which 
she wears with pride! Tara Putegnat still 
lives In Brownsville, TX and, after 5 years 
of teaching, she has decided to work for 
the family business, an Industrial laundry 
called River Linen Service 

Kibby Bryenton Fergusson writes 
from England that she and Connie 
are expecting baby «2 in Sept.! He is 
currently deployed and is working with 
the UN in Kosovo, and Kibby says lain (2) 
keeps her busy while Dad is out of town. 
She and lain took a summer holiday to 
Spain, where they spent time with fhends 
who also have a new baby. She keeps a 
blog ( 
so family and fhends can follow her life 
on the other side of the pond. 

Kristen Lawlor Steege is excited to 
announce that she and Brian are awaiting 
the arrival of their first child in Dec! 
She says that despite it being the first 
question people ask, they don't yet know 
the sex of the baby and are super excited 
either way. They still live in Charlottesville, 
where Kristen is working in the same 
position she's been in since graduation. 

Congratulations to Anne Harper 
Biard on the birth of daughter Gate! She 
and husband Will welcomed Catherine 
WinslowonApr.lO, 07. 

This past Mar. Nicole Lamm 
performed in a concert series touring 
southwestern France with New York 
Opera Society. She also covered the 
role of Zerlina in Don Giovanni wth the 
same company. While in France, Nicole 
also taught movement for the young 
artists participating in the program. Upon 
returning to her home in Alexandria she 
performed in several concerts as the 
featured soloist in Northern VA. This 
summer Nicole will be singing in concert 
series touring the Big Island of Hawaii 
with the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival. 

Ashley Hill writes that she is still 
living in Ipswich, MA and working at 
a small landscape architecture firm in 
Boston specializing in public work. She 
was able to visit with Katie Wright 
Thomas, her husband Spencer Thomas 
(HSC '00) and their new addition "Little 
Spence" in May when she was in 
Beaufort, SC. 

Amy Hess Snawder says that not 
too much is going on in AZ. Husband 
Jared's Iraq tour got extended from 1 2 
mos. to 15 mos., so he won't be coming 
home until Nov and they should be 
PCSing from Ft Huachuca shortly after 
that; they aren't sure where yet, but Jared 
might teach ROTC at VMI, so they could 
be back "home" for a couple of years. 

Angelina Alongi is currently 
teaching m.s. science. She is also 
starting a grass-fed beef operation with 
her mother. She lives in Houston and says 

there are no wedding or baby reports 
from her! 

Melissa Bellan is still living in 
Dallas, trying to fix up her first tiouse. She 
is working at the law firm of Buchanan & 
Burke, L.L.P., and she and boyfriend Cliff 
recently added a new member (a rescued 
dog) to their little family. She hopes to 
visit Kibby Ferguson after she gets 
settled in her latest country. 

Congratulations are also in order 
for Wendy Bramlett Jolly! She wrote 
in at the deadline saying that her first 
child, daughter Clara Marlea, would 
be arriving any day. Wendy has Clara's 
nursery decorated in pink and green with 
a ladybug and flower theme! Recently, 
she enjoyed catching up with Evangeline 
Easterly Taylor when they met up to 
have lunch together. Emily McGregor 
Fenlaw is loving motherhood with son 
Jett Alexander, born on New Year's Eve! 
She and husband Jay are happily settled 
in their recently overhauled home in 
Dallas, TX. She served as designer and 
contractor for the 4-month project and, 
just to help things along at the end, she 
was laying tile in the kitchen at 9 mos. 
pregnant — determined to move back in 
before the baby arrived! (She says she 
missed that goal by two weeks). Now, 
after a 6-month break of construction and 
design, Emily is ready to pursue freelance 
architectural design from her home office, 
as she is now a stay-at-home mom. 

Jessi Livingston is still in Arizona 
working hard to grow the lacrosse 
program. She's had over 1000 gids go 
through her programs and says to check 
out her website at She's 
also started a new hobby competing in 
figure competitions. She is on the national 
circuit now, has an agent, and loves it, 
but says it's hard work. She will be in 
NYC and Las Vegas in Jul. 

Lindsey Brooker Brooks says 
that son James is getting "cuter and 
cuter" and that she still loves being a 
full-time mommy for the summer! She is 
really excited about going part time as a 
teacher next year so that she can spend 
even more time with James. 

It was great to see Elizabeth Baker 
a few months back, and she still loves 
myspace and the reconnections made 
through it! She also got her MS in 
Education from Old Dominion U. in May. 

As for me, Elizabeth Davis Baker, 
I too enjoyed my visit with Lindsey, Andy 
and James and hope to see more SBCers 
soon. I am half-way through my MA in 
English at East Carolina and hope to 
finish by Spring 08. Bhan and I are busy 
as usual working on our house, and are 
looking forward to a beach vacation soon. 
That's all for now — hope to hear from 
lots more of you girls next time! 


Ms. Amanda Campbell Wright 
19304 Anna Kate Ct 
Pflugerville, TX 78660 
swim \/ 



Brook Tucker 

409 Eagle Bend Dr. 

Waxhaw.NC 28173 

Lori Smith Nilan 
7025 Holly Bark Lane 
Midlothian, VA 231 12 

Greetings from your new class 
secretaries-Brook Tucker and Lori 
Smith Nilan. We were elected at our 
5th reunion in May. There were a few 
of us there: 

Ashley Trantham, who is still having 
a great time and making sure everyone 
else is too! Emily Yerby was also there- 
she is transferring to Cambhdge, MA 
with Whole Foods Market this summer. 
She and Melissa are looking forward to 
moving to the Boston area and welcome 
any visitors. Emily will start graduate 
school in the spring. Aja Grosvenor 
spent this past Jan. through Apr. in Togo, 
West Africa on a mission trip. Although 
Africa was a wonderful experience, Aja is 
glad to be back in the US. She is currently 
residing in NY but she will be relocating 
to Southern Ml at the end of the summer. 

Megan Ogilvie came all the way 
from her home in Toronto, Canada. There 
she works for the Toronto Star, Canada's 
largest daily newspaper, as a health 
reporter. In her spare time, she enjoys 
taking pottery classes, hanging out with 
her sister Caroline ('04) and renovating a 
century old home she recently purchased 
with her boyfriend, Jeff. 

Melissa Rudder is living in Brooklyn 
and working at Union Square Cafe. She 
is a bartender and entry-level Sommelier. 
She also works to coordinate community 
investment programs and wor1<s with the 
Union Square Hospitality Group. Melissa 
is a member of the Junior League and in 
her spare time works on art in her new 
studio she set up in her apartment. She 
writes that if anyone needs a place to 
stay in New York, her door is open! 

Mary Beth Colvin is enjoying 
teaching in Warrenton. Christina 
Kingsley "CK" is engaged and is getting 
married this October. Lindsay Keller, our 
new class president, is still working as a 
stage manager at the aurora fox theatre 
in CO. She is busy with a new house, 
family, friends, work and a fantastic 
boyfriend. Lindsay loved seeing everyone 

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who came to the reunion and she hopes 
to see more people there for our 10th! 

Becky Ceferatti attended reunion as 
well. Regan Blackwell is married now 
and a small animal vet. Arney Walker 
attended as well and is still in DC. 

Denise McDonald got engaged 
May 28th '07 to Temple Kane Gentry 
(HSC '03 & Federal officer) and the 
wedding is planned for Aug. '08. Denise 
was on HGTV's Designed to Se// episode 
"Tres Chic Transformation" {http://www. 
hgtv. com/hgtv/shows_hdts/episode/ 
0, 1806.HGTV__ 15857_46004.00.html). 
She is Communications Coordinator with 
the Pellet Fuels Institute, meets with 
congressmen and legislative aides to 
promote the use/funding of renewable, 
deified fuel. (By the next issue she hopes 
to have a new job in Richmond). 

We have all had many exciting things 
happen in our lives! Everyone else not at 
reunion include the following: 

Kelly Monlcal is living in FL and 
working hard at Outcomes Inc, where 
they look into insurance company 
benefits among other things. She recently 
went to Paris with her family and will be 
Ashley Johnson's ('03) Maid of Honor 
in Aug. Kelly, Denise, Brook, and Lori all 
had fun at Ashley's Bachelorette party in 
Pigeon Forge, TN which also included a 
trip to Dollywood! 

Elizabeth Waring McCracken is 
teaching dance and her husband is in 
Med. School and should finish soon. 

Rutti Huffman is still living in 
Lexington, VA with her banjo-pickin' 
husband Rooster, playing lots of 
bluegrass music with their band, 
"Rooster's Ruckus." She also has her 
own landscaping business and writes for 
the monthly Rockbridge Advocate and 
occasionally for the weekly News-Gazette. 
Several of her gardening clients are 
alums, so naturally the color scheme of 
choice is pink and green! Ruth writes that 
she has no kids (Thank God) but Rooster 
has two new grandchildren, so technically 
she is a grandmother, 

Amanda Barbour-Johnston 
graduated Duke Divinity School in '06 
and has accepted a position as associate 
pastor at Farmville Baptist Church in 
Farmville, VA. She is looking fonward to 
the move and new job. 

Marcela Galdames is living in St. 
Petersburg, FL with her boyfriend of over 
3 years, Chades. She is working in Tampa 
as a Catering Sales Manager at a Hilton 
Brand Hotel. Prior to this position, she 
worked for 3 years as an Assistant Cruise 
Director for Carnival Cruise Lines, which 
allowed her to travel the entire Caribbean. 

Kathy Fowler had a busy summer- 
she traveled to Europe with her h.s.'s 
foreign language department as a 
chaperone. The trip included 30 students. 
Katie Gjeldum Fraser married Jim (HSC 

'02) this June. Jee Park and Ashley 

Trantham were in attendance. After a 
honeymoon to St. Lucia, they will reside 
in the DC area, where Katie works. 

Heather Minor Gelormine and 
her husband, Tony, moved to Colorado 
Springs, CO in Nov. '05, where they 
bought a home and settled in nicely-for 
the time being. They will celebrate their 
6th wedding anniversary this year! She 
writes she has been keeping busy with 
3 year-old Brenna, and volunteering 
her time organizing a large playgroup. 
Heather and Tony are expecting their 
second child this August. 

Jennifer Brown Robinson 
married Andy in May '06; Corrine 
Weiland. Leigh Ridell, Heather Minor 
Gelormine. Monique Moshier, Brook 
Tucker were at the wedding, Jen is a 
nurse in Boston, MA. 

Kim Martin is living in Richmond, 
VA and is currently working at The 
Complete Horse and also serves as 
a volunteer at the Wings of Hope 
Therapeutic Riding Center She still 
enjoys riding and spending time with her 
new horse Brody In her free time, Kim 
is planning her upcoming '08 nuptials 
to Timothy Baskind. Kim keeps up with 
Lauren Hanson Dickens '03, who now 
lives and works in Richmond. She sees 
Christi Rose Hart and her new baby girl 
Kendall on a regular basis, as they live 
in Richmond too. Kim saw Alissa Cline 
Berry '03 and Sarah Ryder at Christi's 
baby shower. Christi and Kim recently had 
lunch with Tamara Young Metzfeld and 
her little girl Emma, 

Christi Rose Hart and her husband 
Jason celebrated the birth of daughter 
Kendall Elizabeth on Mar, 28, '07. 
She continues to work as an attorney 
specializing in Commercial Real Estate 

Misa Sarmento graduated from 
grad school in summer '06, and is now 
living in Baltimore, working as a Physician 
Assistant at the U. MD-Shock Trauma 
Center, doing orthopedic trauma. Misa 
says it's definitely a crazy place to work, 
but so interesting; she loves Baltimore! 

Donyele Gibson Wilkerson is 
no longer teaching h.s. Spanish. She 
and her husband have bought a house 
since the last class notes. She is now 
working as an Instructor Developer for the 
Department of Defense, went to London 
with my brother this winter 

Diana Latimer Alexander got 
married Apr 14, '07 to Waylan from 
West Monroe, LA. The wedding was in 
Brenham, TX on her parent's farm. Salina 
Woodard Rose and Angle Withers 
Dawson were both bndesmaids. She 
and Waylan live in West Monroe with his 
two children Cass and Chelsea. She is 
teaching elementary art and Waylan is an 
engineer for Mustang Engineering. 

Angle Withers Dawson is staying 
busy keeping up with her SBC fnends 
(Diana, Salina). She and her husband 
Jason are planning a trip to SBC soon. 
She also reports that Mr Ed, who once 
was a Riding Center school horse, is 
doing well, Salina Woodard Rose and 
daughter, Hailey (1 Yz ) attended Diana's 
wedding, and spent time this summer at 
Kings Dominion with Angle and daughter 
Casey (1 Vz). 

Nicole Eve McDaniel-Carter is a 
PhD Candidate in the English Dept. at 
Texas A&M, working on her dissertation 
titled "Seriality in Contemporary American 
Memoir: 1957-2007." She is happily 
living with her partne Gerardo, dog Roy, 
in Bryan, TX, teaches literature classes at 
Texas A&M. Says she is just writing and 

Elizabeth Taylor has quite exciting 
info to pass along! In Jun., she took 
her first real grown-up vacation to HI!! 
The other news is that the Cincinnati 
Fringe Festival (1 2 day alternative arts 
test she helped start in '04 — http// has grown by 
leaps and bounds. They have seen 
a 500% attendance increase in just 
4 years from 1 200 butts in seats to 
approximately 6000 this year. GO SBC 
Arts Management! And to add to the 
craziness of her life, she is one of the 
Cincinnati Rollergids. Check out the 
com. This is her 2"' season skating with 
them, they play at the Cincinnati Gardens, 
former home to the Mighty Ducks, even 
the Beatles played there! They are an All- 
Star team who just beat MN (ranked 5th 
in the nation) 140-1 21. 

Alicia McCartney is still at Freddie 
Mac — going on 3 yrs. She traveled out 
west to Las Vegas and Grand Canyon in 
Mar., Dallas & Chicago in Apr., and Paris 
in May, going to HI in Jul. and to Seattle 
in Sept. She'll be meeting up with Allison 
Gross, who is in school there. Alicia is 
keeping busy this summer with her 1 st 
vegetable garden, catching shows at the 
9:30 club, and spending a lot of time 
enjoying downtown DC. She has been 
spending her summer dining al fresco in 
Adams-Morgan and Dupont Circle and 
catching the Friday night Jazz in the Park 
at the sculpture garden at the National 
Gallery of Art. 

Mary Tassone Dunlevy married 
Dale in '03, is living in Fayetteville, NC 
where her husband is stationed. She 
teaches m.s. English and Drama (middle- 
and h.s.). Mary directed 4 plays last term 
and is planning on 4 more this term. 
Amanda Davis Stevens had a very big 
and happy year. She graduated IN U. law 
school, and got married to law school 
sweetheart Isaac Stevens May 5. (both 
events on the same day and she is still 
not sure how they managed it!) Jennifer 

Taylor Catano was her matron of honor, 
it was nice to see her and her new 
husband. She is currently studying for 
the CA Bar, and will start working for the 
Sacramento District Attorney in Aug. 

Rachel Roth Allred was married 
to Toby on Aug, 5, '06 in a beautiful 
ceremony in Rockville, MD, Stacey 
Armentrout Fallah served as her maid 
of honor, and Katherine Morse'01 , Sarah 
Peterson '03, and Angelique Milone 
'03 served as bridesmaids. She spent a 
week honeymooning in Cabo San Lucas, 
MX before returning to their home in 
OIney, MD. She then began her new job 
teaching 1st grade at Oxon Hill E. S. in 
Oxon Hill, MD. In Oct. '06 she served as 
a bridesmaid in Stacey Armentrout 
Fallah's wedding. She still serves as 
a youth leader at her church, and is 
currently exploring the possibility of 
directing her church's play next year. 

Lauren Keasler Bass is living 
in Roswell, GA, a suburb of Atlanta. 
Daughter Edie (5) will start kindergarten 
next year. Twins Travis and Scott (2) are a 
handful! She is working in management 
for the Gymboree Corporation and her 
husband Ed, (HSC '01), is working for 
Costco. She will return to school in the 
fall to pursue an MBA. 

Meg Anderson left teaching last 
year and went to work as the Special 
Events Coordinator for a resort in 
Southern VA. Most recently, though, she 
has moved to DC and is the Catering 
Manager for Sofitel Lafayette Square, 
a French luxury hotel in the heart of 
DC. She found a great apartment a few 
blocks from the hotel and loves being 
back in the city. Shelly Jozwiak- 
Kellogg is still working for US Customs 
& Border Protection in Charlotte, NC. She 
is now handling cargo imports instead 
of international passengers. She and 
her husband Jason just bought their 1 st 
house in Apr Jamie Henna is having 
fun in her second year as "Graphics 
Coordinator" at NBC29 in Chadottesville, 
VA. Tia Trout-Perez is currently working 
atalawfirm.Kirkland&Ellis, LLP 
tor the summer. This fall, she will be 
going into her last year of law school 
at Northwestern in Chicago. She and 
husband Sergio (VT '02) are doing well. 
She hopes that anyone planning a trip to 
Chicago or living in Chicago area will let 
her know! 

Amy Gardner Adams married 
Tony (VT) on Jun. 1 1 in the VI, 30 
friends and family joined them for a long 
weekend in paradise, and it was just 
perfect. She has been with BearingPoint 
as a Management/IT Consultant for 5 
years working on State Dept projects, 
and Tony is a legislative liaison at the 
Pentagon, They own a condo in Reston, 
VA, Meghan Gregory is still living in 
Raleigh and until recently was working 

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at Jerry's Art-0-Rama as a buyer. She 
then quit working there to begin taking 
an 8 week-class at VCU in Richmond. 
Emily Johnston is still living in 
London, enjoying herseK, and is now ttie 
Marketing Director for one of the oldest 
auction houses in London. She is in the 
process of opening her own PR/Events 
Agency! Emily will be visiting Megan 
Tarnowski and Arney Walker while 
working in NY in Jul., and Brook Tucker 
in Jim. 

Maria Thacker got engaged 
in Feb. '07 to Matthew Weiss. Their 
wedding is planned for May '08. Maria 
IS the marketing manager for Georgia 
Bio. The Life Sciences Partnership and 
Matthew is a performance marketing 
manager for Intercontinental Hotels 
Groups. She still lives in Atlanta. GA and 
is also a consultant with Taste of Home 

Brook Tucker got engaged to James 
Clifton Buck III 'Trey" (I^CSU' 01) on 
Apr 24, '07 in Chadeston, SO; wedding 
planned for June 28. '08 in Raleigh, 
NC. Trey is a Senior Tax Associate with 
KPMG. Before moving back to Charlotte, 
NC in June, Brook lived in Raleigh and 
worked for Novozymes, NA where she 
was "fortunate enough in March to meet 
and have my picture taken with President 
Bush (who was there looking into 
renewable energy ideas)!" Brook then quit 
her job as Quality Control Coordinator of 
the Microbiology lab of 5 yrs and moved 
back to Chariotte, where she now lives 
with her dad and family. She will go back 
to school Jan. '08 for a BSN in Nursing, 
but plan her wedding before that begins! 
She is excited to see Emily Johnson in 
Jul., will attend Ashley Johnson's ('03) 
wedding in Aug, Brook writes: "Reunion 
was loads of fun and we missed all of 
you who didn't come. Please keep Lon 
and myself updated with your notes to 
the email addresses at the top. We hope 
everyone is doing well and send us your 

I, Lori Smith Nilan married Andrew 
(HSC '01) in Richmond on October 8, 
'05. Brook Tucker, Denlse McDonald. 
Maria Thacker, Ashley Johnson '03, 
and Kelly Monica! all attended. I am 
currently residing in Midlothian with 
Andrew and Cavalier King Charles 
Spaniel, Bridget, enjoying working in the 
family business at our lighting showroom 
in Farmville, although the commute is 
killing me. Reunion was so much fun — 
everyone please try to make it to our 
1 0th! Brook and I look forward to being 
your new class secretaries — we want to 
do a great job! If you are not in this set of 
notes — please email either of us so we 
can include you next time around. 


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Kim Martin 

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Gainesville, FL 32608-3263 

Sandra Grant Main Lisa Lussier 
and Meghan Hauser had a week long 
mini reunion at Sandra's house in Long 
Beach, NY with her children Noelle (3), 
twins Michael Jr, and Ava (18 mos) and 

Lisa Lussier is a Member Relations 
Training Coordinator for the Credit Union 
of the World Bank and IMF in Washington 
DC. She enjoys her new position with 
the company and plans on traveling 
to Turkey with her boyfriend this fall. 
Meghan Hauser was recently promoted 
to Campaign Manager tor a Fund Raising 
Consulting Firm in Atlanta. She is training 
to run in a Marathon this winter Lisa and 
Meghan both look great and are a huge 
help with Sandra's kids. 

Olevia Neary married Durell 
Anderson Carothers (HSC '03) February 
4, 06 at St. Mark's Epsicopal Church in 
Richmond, VA. Jade Boardman was 
maid of honor and Sarah Canovaca 
Poirier was bridesmaid. Nicole 
Crowder, Molly Suthedand Gwinn '65, 
and Michelle Moshier '05 also attended 
the wedding. Regrettably Kelly Hughes 
Kaufman could not be there because 
she was married the week before and 
still on her honeymoon! Olevia and Durell 
had a great honeymoon in St. John, USVI, 
and came home to Richmond and their 
two dogs, Izzy and Ralph. In Aug. 06, they 
bought their first house, just down the 
street from Courtney Coalter and her 
husband. Olevia and Durell celebrated 
their first anniversary and continue to 
own a photography business that is 
growing everyday. 

Everyone, please send your notes if 
you want to be in the next issue! 



Ms. Grace Anna Farnsworth 

PC Box 73 

Sweet Briar, VA 24595 

Ms. Amanda Jane Watts 
4223 S 12th Rd Apt 1 
Arlington, VA 22204-3762 


Victoria Chappell 

350 S. Country Road 

No. 102 

Palm Beach, FL 33480 

Abby Adams finished her first year 
of nursing school at Johns Hopkins in 
Baltimore. She and Joanna Meade are 
still living together having a great lime. 
They've seen Jenn Wiley and Lindsey 
Cline. Abby is working at a hospital this 
summer doing crazy nursing stuff. It's 
tinng but fun. She attended Sweet Briar's 
graduation and got to see Cara Cherry, 
Michelle Badger, Grace Farnsworth '05, 
and of course, more Jenn Wiley They see 
each other a good bit. In March, Abby 
attended Tabitha Dixon Ward's wedding 
and saw Nikki Brandt, Melissa Massy, 
Kerri Faust, Grace Farnsworth '05, 
Michelle Badger, Lauren Martin, 
Kassie Caola '07, and Cara Cherry. 

In Jun.. Michelle Badger and 
Paula Kirkland Ledbetter visited 
Joyce Scott '05 and Natalie Pye '07 in 
Atlanta for a weekend, so much fun! She 
recommends everyone go to Atlanta to 
see the Aquarium! Also in Jun., she was 
a bridesmaid in Sheena Belcher's (05) 
wedding along with Grace Farnsworth 
'04, Beth Farnsworth '05, Amanda Watts 
'05, Amanda Palmore '05 and Denva 
Jackson '05. A bunch of other fabulous 
Sweet Briar women attended. Sheena 
looked beautiful! Jul., she attended Suzy 
Harvey Hodge's wedding at Rebec 
Vineyard where there were other Sweet 
Briar ladies in attendance. In Aug., she 
was a bridesmaid in Paula's wedding, 
which took place at Sweet Briar and of 
course more Sweet Briar ladies! Thank 
god for weddings or she might never 
see anyone. She looks forward to seeing 
everyone at Homecoming. 

Nicki Brandt survived her first AK 
winter and enjoys warmer weather by 
hiking, fishing, and photographing the 
Kenai Peninsula. Puffins are doing well, 
there should be babies (baby puffins that 
is) in mid Jul.! 

Victoria Chappell loves life in 
Palm Beach, FL. She works full time 
for NewsMax Medias (vmw.NewsMax. 
com), an online news site which also has 
a monthly magazine. Besides working 
she is settling into her new apartment 
on the water, would love visitors. She 

has traveled to St. Augustine (where she 
happened to run into fellow classmate 
Jenny Lynn working at the Lighthouse), 
made surprise trips to NC, was the maid 
ol honor at Suzy's wedding, and was 
a bridesmaid In Paula's wedding. She 
hopes all is well with classmates and 
loves hearing about them in class notes! 

Cara Cherry survived her first year 
of vet school at Virginia Tech. The year 
was extremely challenging, especially 
given the circumstances of 4/16. Cara 
would like to thank everyone who 
checked up on her, it meant a lot. This 
summer she stayed in Blacksburg to 
research one of the virulence factors of 
the bovine bacterium H. somnus. When 
she isn't busy playing with bacteria, she 
travels VA attending bridal showers and 
weddings of engaged friends. 

Kate Dobie is happy to be living in 
NYC. She found an adorable apartment 
with 2 other young women who work in 
fashion and arts, and has a much shorter 
commute giving her plenty of time to 
explore the city. Kate hopes that her 
friends will visit her in the city now that 
they don't have to pay for a hotel! 

Julie Drake still lives in San Jose, 
CA. She has finished her first semester 
at San Jose State U. for teaching 
credentials. She took a summer class, 
worked with the m.s. youth group at 
her church, and she had a job at a logo 
designing store for the summer It's 
called No Limit Logowear; she deals 
with printing and embroidering. Julie is 
preparing to be an auntie in 2 mo.l She 
came back to Sweet Briar in Aug. as she 
was also in Paula's wedding! 

Since graduating, Tabitha 
Dixon Ward took a wonderful job at 
Consolidated Shoe Company as the 
Director of Operations for Poetic Licence, 
a European funky shoe line. Please feel 
free to check out the shoes at www. Consolidated Shoe 
Company has enabled her to travel to 
Hong Kong, China, Italy, London, NY, 
Las Vegas and more. Her most recent 
adventure includes getting married 
3/10/07 to the most amazing man she 
knows, Andrew Ward from CO. He's 
a recent grad with his Masters from 
Liberty Seminary, is searching for work 
with youth and their families. They still 
live in Lynchburg, VA, love married life 
and helping out at Brentwood Church. 
She hopes everyone is well, and misses 
you all! 

Kerri Faust and Melissa Massy 
enjoy the beautiful summer weather 
in Denver, CO. Kerri celebrated her 
birthday — a 3-day event in which 
Melissa, Julie Drake, and Mallory 
Shenwood '09 attended. Good times 
were shared by all. Melissa and Kerri had 
dinner with Nancy Kirbo '07 during her 
visit to Denver. The summer was filled 

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Just wanted to let you know that I 
really enjoyed the Spring/Summer 
issue of the alumnae magazine! It 
was FULL of great articles! Being a 
teacher and farmer myself, I really 
appreciated you showing everyone 
how the campus itself is becoming 
more and more important in many 
students' lives!! 
Well done! 
—Ellen 0. Pitera '93 

Barbara Bowen '60 After 
reading about the death of Barbara 
Bowen '60 (Mrs. H. Clay Moore, Jr.) 
in the Winter 2007 Magazine I send 
in the following memory. 

In summer of 1959 my mother 
and I drove out west for a h, s. 
graduation trip prior to my first 
year at SBC. My mother had had 
a bilateral mastectomy and we 
didn't know at that time, but she 
would die 7 months later. At the 
dude ranch in Bozeman, Montana, 
we met a woman who was a dear 
friend of Barbara's mother from 
Augusta, GA. She said she would 
contact the Bowens to let Barbara, 
who would be a senior, know about 
an incoming freshman from NJ, me. 

Perhaps I met her when school 
began in Sept. of 1959. But my 
clearest memory was after my 
own mother died in Feb. of 1960. 
Barbara and her 3 roommates 
invited me to their suite on Sat. 
nights to study when my dorm 
friends weren't there so that I 
would not be alone. It was a simple 
act, but oh so powerful. Even when 
one or two of the senior roommates 
were away someone was usually 
there so that I could study and not 
feel the loss of my mother. 

I have always been grateful for 
the thoughtfulness that Barbara 
and her roommates showed me 
as a freshman. Her kindness still 
means a lot to me after 47 years. 
I'm thankful to Barbara and all 
her suitemates in their last year at 
Sweet Briar for their inclusion of 
me — four southern seniors' care of 
a freshman from the north. 

—Pwe (Gay) Stuhr '63 
pgstuhr@comcast. nei 

with good times: camping, concerts, and 
fun! Kerri is the proud new mama to a 
darling little puppy! Kerri and Melissa 
spend a lot of time with Judy and Newell 
Grant '66. They have adopted Kerri and 
Melissa and treat them as their own 

Ivey Godfrey got married on 
6/3/06 and moved to a townhouse in 
Wake Forest, NO where her husband 
attends Southeastern Baptist Theological 
Seminary. She's a full-time photographer's 
assistant and does freelance graphic 
design, rides horses on the side. Amy 
St. John is back in Richmond, works for 
HCA Healthcare; however, she may have 
a new job at U, of Richmond, Brooke 
Helburn is still in NYC and works at BET 
loving every minute of it! Living in her 
own apartment in Manhattan is just as 
fantastic as she imagined it would be. 
She's a rockstar. Although she doesn't 
get the chance to see many of her 
SBC friends, she loved being visited by 
Denva Jackson '05. Visitors are always 

Suzy Harvey Hodge wed Philip 
Hodge on 7/21/07. It was a very fun 
event at Rebec Vineyards, many Sweet 
Briar ladies attended. Phil and Suzy 
bought their first house in Fuquay Vahna, 
NC; she's having a blast decorating. She 
does Biomathematics research at NC 
State U., where she will continue pursuing 
her Ph.D. in Biomathematics this fall as 
Phil graduates from the Raleigh Police 
Academy and starts as a Raleigh City 
police officer. Alyssa Holly got married 
in 9/06 and is now a Mechanical/Systems 
Engineer for a Department of Defense 

Laura Ann Humphress lives in DC, 
has a job at George Sexton Associates, 
a museum and lighting design firm. She 
also has fabulous roommate Maureen 
McGuIre, also working in D,C. They're in 
a great apartment together. The address 
is; 3725 Macomb St., NW, Apt 31 2 
Washington. DC 20016. 

Allison Martell, having paid her 
dues to the insurance world, ventures 
on to another industry. The road to 
discovehng what she wants to be when 
she grows up is a tedious one, but is 
being bushwhacked every day She looks 
fonward to when it will no longer be a 
pay check, but a career. Until then, she's 
looking fonward to the adventure. Besides 
work she's having a fun time traveling, 
baking cool cakes, and driving in her new 
red car. In Jun. she participated in her 
best friend Charlotte Spielman's ('05) 
wedding in Canada. Lea Pyne was also 
part of the wedding party. Then in Jul. 
she attended Suzy's wedding at Rebec 

Colleen Karaffa Murray says 
hello to everyone from SBC! Work at the 
Alumnae House continues as usual, it's 

such a pleasant place. She is now the 
editor of the SBC Alumnae Magazine. 
She and Brandon were married 5/26/07 
on a warm, beautiful day! They had the 
most spectacular ceremony. Afterward 
they headed off to Italy for the adventure 
of their lifetimes! They traveled nearly 24 
hours straight to find their hotel, way up 
in the Mountains of Umbna (breathtaking 
views!) and stayed in a little medieval 
city. They felt like a knight and a princess 
walking around the labyrinthine side 
streets and alleyways. The stay was 
not without challenges. First, Colleen 
got sick with a fever and sore throat tor 
nearly the entire trip! Then they nearly 
starved trying to find restaurants open at 
the times they were hungry and on the 
days they were hoping to eat there! By 
the end though, they had figured out the 
rhythm of the city, and enjoyed its quirks. 
They then headed to Rome, incredible! 
Everyone who likes traveling should go 
there. She and Brandon live at Walden 
Pond Apartment Homes on the other end 
of L-burg. She hopes to see many of you 
at Homecoming this Sept.! 

Heather-Ann Spear Newton 
marhed Bret Newton (Hampden-Sydney 
'07), the son of a fellow Sweet Briar alum 
(Pamela Tipton Newton '69) on 5/19/07 
in Abbeville, SC. She had 3 Sweet Briar 
alumnae as bridesmaids; Virginia "Didi" 
Robinson, Rosanna Hawkins '07 and 
Amber McGlothlin Finnegan '05 was 
matron of honor. She and Bret plan to 
move to Raleigh, NC in Jul. where Bret 
will begin graduate school in '08. Amy 
Walker Laughlin was married at Sweet 
Briar to Justin Laughlin, 4/21/07. They 
had a wonderful time especially as many 
Sweet Briar classmates attended or were 
in the wedding party. 

Cole Shanholtz still lives in Athens, 
GA. She was accepted into the Classical 
Studies Graduate Program at the U. of 
GA, and will continue teaching Latin in 
Hartwell in the upcoming school year. 
Cole still rides horse Fidias competitively 
on the "A" circuit with great post college 
success. She communicates with Susan 
O'Brien possibly 3 times a day — I know, 
quite excessive. Susan visited for a week. 
Cole still dates long-term boyfriend Chris 
Howe from Lynchburg and there may 
be "good news" to come after graduate 
school. Since graduating Jessica Taylor 
has been accepted to Millersville U., PA 
to pursue a MS in Clinical Psychology 

Kathleen Wilson completed the 
first year of her Masters program at IN 
U.'s School of Public and Environmental 
Affairs in Environmental Chemistry, 
Toxicology and Risk Assessment. She 
began working at G.E. Appliance Park in 
Louisville, KY, Jun,, and has frequently 
visited sister Kimberly Wilson at Notre 
Dame, IN, where she is a Ph.D. candidate 
in Biochemistry 

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"Vrtstrv'mg S^Ntzt Bnar\ 

^Vyixcd \itniagt is, important," 

says Mrs. Ottaway. "It shows 

that we value our historic 

he^nnings while stretching 

toward the future with our 

cutting-edge programs. " 

."It is 'touchable' history," she enthuses. "Sweet Briar is magical for one who loves old 
buildings, particularly because we have the Cram architecture, and we are on the 
National Registry of Historic Buildings." 

Mrs. Ottaway has provided a bequest for historic preservation of the Sweet Briar 
campus, making her an Indiana Fletcher Williams Associate. Williams Associates ore 
those individuals who have followed Indiana's example by making provisions in their 
estate plans for Sweet Briar College, and so help assure the College's future financial 
viability. Mrs. Ottaway has made other generous gifts to assist with work on needed 
renovations for Sweet Briar House and to support the Tusculum restoration project. 

"Preserving Sweet Briar's physical heritage is important," soys Mrs. Ottaway. "It shows 
that we value our historic beginnings while stretching toward the future with our cutting- 
edge programs." 

Another project of interest to Cynnie has been the deconstruction of Tusculum and its 
relocation to the College campus. 

"When I went to school at Sweet Briar, I didn't know onything about Tusculum. 1 
learned about it recently. Saving architecturally unique buildings that ore on example of 
such fine workmanship is important, but how lucky we ore to have access to a historically 
significant building that has ties to the original Sweet Briar plantation as Maria Fletcher's 
childhood home!" Tusculum was carefully deconstructed by Heartland Construction over 
the past year, with all materials carefully numbered, diagrammed, and stored in one of 
Sweet Briar's barns until funds are available for its reconstruction on campus. 

"Loving history seems to be something in my blood," Cynnie explains. "I enjoy going 
to Williamsburg with the children. We'll stand for hours and watch as they work on on 
archaeological dig, sharing the enthusiasm of the workers when they find something 
significant. I can just imagine life bock in the 1 600s, or whatever the era, when I'm 
around historic buildings. It inspires me to consider life in the present with a different 

Mrs. Ottaway is still very much involved with Sweet Briar. She has participated in the 
Reunion Gifts Committee and has always been a steadfast supporter of the Annual Fund. 
She made a gift in support of installing on HVAC system in Sweet Briar House early in 
Our Campaign For Her World, matched by the Roller-Bottimore Foundation, and also 
gave a second generous gift for the Tusculum restoration project as the campaign came 
to a close. Her daughter, Elizabeth Frenzel Cosolini, is a Class of 1982 graduate of 
Sweet Briar. Her late husband, John, wos o member of the Sweet Briar Board of Directors 
in 1990. John's daughter, Amy Ottaway Zambetti, graduated from Sweet Briar in 1989. 

You can join Cynnie Ottaway in making Sweet Briar a part of your estate plan. A simply 
executed Letter of Intent, attached as a codicil to your will, indicates your continued support for 
the College. 

To learn more about the personal, financial, and charitable advantages of making an 
estate gift or to request the Letter of Intent form, please contact The Office of Development at 
14341 38 1-6161 or toll-free at 888-846-5722. 


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